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Toys R Us founder dies as all 100 UK stores to shut

25 March 2018

The company that Lazarus built raised generations of "Toys "R" Us kids" but it now finds itself in the middle of bankruptcy and liquidation sales. "There are nearly too many options and too much technology".

The iconic toy retailer Toys "R" Us is having a liquidation sale after it announced closures of all its USA locations. Toys R Us was acquired in a leveraged buyout by three hedge funds in 2005, sowing the seeds of its demise today.

"We were excited to do our registry here and now it's just a mad dash to figure out what's next", said Audrey. The bitter adults smash ball pits, burn "children at play" signs and reverse the notorious backward "R" in the Toys R Us logo while kids watch in horror. "It's always been a staple because you could come in here and look at the toys and feel the toys and see what's there".

It's not known what kind of discounts Toys R Us and Babies R Us will be offering during the liquidation sale. I remember being little and getting their catalogs at Christmastime and my brother and I going through them, circling everything that we wanted. You'll have to wait longer for sales for on-line merchandise.

"I'm very hopeful" about salvaging hundreds of the stores, Larian said.

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On March 15, the Wayne, New Jersey, company sought bankruptcy court approval to start an orderly wind down of its USA business, including the liquidation of inventory at all 735 USA stores, including Babies R Us.

Larian says he and the other investors, which he declined to name, believe that saving part of Toys "R" Us will be good for the toy industry, customers and workers.

Shoppers looking to snag a bargain should act fast.

"It will be quick", Chuck Tatelbaum, a director with Florida-based law firm Tripp Scott, told CNN regarding how fast products would sell out.

About 30,000 people will be out of a job when the closure is finalized.

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Toys "R" Us founder Charles Lazarus, who has died at 94, is shown second from right at the 2001 grand opening of the new Toys "R" Us store in New York's Times Square.

"The [stores] haven't gotten a lot of new inventory in the last month or two, so a lot of the popular things have probably already sold out", said Tatelbaum.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in September and since then lackluster holiday sales and heavy debt has taken a toll.

The New Jersey-headquartered retailer has said it will stop accepting gift cards and other rewards in mid-April, reports The Washington Post. However, not all stores have begun liquidation sales.

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Toys R Us founder dies as all 100 UK stores to shut