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A final good-bye: Toys R Us closes its doors forever

30 June 2018

A heartbreaking photo of the beloved character standing amidst empty shelves with a bright green roller bag has gone viral on social media as former Toys "R" Us kids - a lot of them now adults - mourn the demise of the toy kingdom. Employees at the Boynton Beach, Florida, store made their frustrations known by hanging signs around the store and protesting outside, WPTV reported. The image has been shared more than 300,000 times and has left many online feeling nostalgic and heartbroken. "I love, I mean, Babies R Us and Toys R Us".

Over 30,000 workers will be looking for work as the stores close.

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A new post from the Toys "R" Us Facebook page is teasing that the brand isn't quite done yet, a post that reads "Stay tuned here for news and information on the next chapter for Geoffrey and the iconic Toys "R" Us brands".

The toy store opened its doors 70 years ago.

The Center for Popular Democracy and the Organization United for Respect point to Securities and Exchange filings in noting that Toys "R" Us paid $91 million in severance between 2008 to 2016 while being run by the private-equity firms, which took control of the retailer in a leveraged buyout in 2005.

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Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.

Whether or not the zoo reaches its fundraising goal, the store closures and empty shelves do not mark the end of the memories so many people have of Toys "R" Us.

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A final good-bye: Toys R Us closes its doors forever