Washington (TFT) – After 70 years of making children smile, on June 29, 2018, Toys “R” Us officially closed its doors forever.
Founded by Charles Lazarus in 1948, what began as a children’s furniture store slowly formed into a bustling toy company in the mid-1950’s. For decades, hundreds of Toys “R” Us stores around the world served as a cherished destination for children. Outside of sales, the store also donated millions in toys, clothes and cash to children’s charities and causes during its lifetime.
Struggling with lacking sales and large debts, the company was forced to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2017. Lazarus died nearly a week after the liquidation of its U.S. stores was announced in 2018, he was 94.
The loss of a childhood icon has left many feeling distraught, including the nearly 30,000 Toys “R” Us employees now out of a job. A photo of Toys “R” Us mascot “Geoffrey” with a suitcase in-hand when viral shortly after it was posted to Facebook by Rene Johnpiere.
A final message posted to Toys “R” Us’s website included the following message:
“Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and 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. Promise us just this one thing: Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”
Thanks for the memories Toys “R” us, and thanks for all you did for the children that needed you the most.
The Foggy Times | Hunter Gomez