Netizens Share Heartfelt Messages After Toys ‘R’ Us Shuts All US Outlets
By Izza Sofia, 02 Jul 2018
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Toys “R” Us officially closed its doors to all 735 outlets in the US on 29 June. This following news in March that the company would be ceasing business operations.
The toy company filed for bankruptcy in September last year and failure to recover its losses has resulted in US fans saying goodbye to the renowned childhood brand.
The stores’ clearance sales began in January, with individual stores gradually shutting their doors throughout the months. According to CNN Money, the company shut down its remaining 200 US stores on 29 June.
Around 30,000 employees were also laid off from the company. Due to the company’s bankruptcy, many of them have been denied severance pay.
CBS News also reported that these employees are bringing the case to court to deal with the settlement.
Amidst the turmoil,Toys “R” Us fans have taken to Twitter to voice out their heartfelt goodbyes to the company. Store employee Rene Johnpiere posted a photo of the company’s ‘Geoffrey the Giraffe’ mascot to Facebook that gained much online attention.
The image shows ‘Geoffrey the Giraffe’ holding a suitcase and waving to the camera as it gets ready to leave the store. The store shelves, once filled with toys, are now empty. Johnpiere also shared other photos of the store including shopping carts and barren aisles that were once filled with joyful families.
Toys “R” Us released a statement thanking its fans who have remained loyal to the company through the years, dedicating the message “to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something gooey.” The message ends with the heartfelt note, “Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”
Many of its fans uploaded heartwarming messages on Twitter and agreed that the brand had made a big impact on their childhood. Take a look at some touching messages below.
wait this is actually so sad 😞 I remember going to toys r us and still being happy even if I left completely empty handed. Love you ToysRUs you will be missed 😥😥 pic.twitter.com/54iCXpJgeK— Matthew Espinosa (@MatthewEspinosa) June 29, 2018
Let's try to make this photo a little less heartbreaking. Jeffrey has his suitcase packed and it looks like he is dressed for the beach. I prefer to think he has reached retirement age and is headed off to Hawaii for the rest of his days.— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) June 29, 2018
He's earned it.#ToysRUs #ToysRUsKid https://t.co/93jg9kXdGc
I became the second to last customer to ever exit this @ToysRUs moments ago. What a sad moment to end so many joyous childhood memories. I'll always be a #ToysRusKid #ToysRUs pic.twitter.com/73kSJxNyO0— Ryan Spellman (@JustJettingThru) June 29, 2018
I'll always be a Toys R Us kid. 😭🦒 pic.twitter.com/ZPMiwL5gqN— Karianne Radio (@ItIsKarianne) June 29, 2018
I dont wanna grow up....*sniffles* I'm a Toys R Us kid... There's a million toys at Toys R Us that I could *sniffles* play with...from bikes an trains to video games, its the biggest toy store there is. I dont *sniffles* wanna grow up cuz if i did, i wouldnt be a toys r us kid pic.twitter.com/nR9HI0RJHK— Old Man Fry (@Zahmoonduh) June 29, 2018
My father encouraged me to save $2.00 a week (my allowance 😂) when I was 7-years old for a month to buy a $7.99 stuffed dog from Toys R Us I really wanted. I still have that toy. He was teaching me financial responsibility because I sure did buy nothing but candy.— JadeJacksonOnline.com (@JournalistaJade) June 29, 2018
Can’t believe Toys R Us as we know it goes poof today. Best memory was my dad boxing out people in the aisles at a store in 1983 to get me & my brother a Cabbage Patch Kid. pic.twitter.com/gwmRkNLmUU— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 29, 2018
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