Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us have officially closed all of their stores across the United States and have left us with a heartwarming goodbye message.
Even though it has been in the cards for a while now, the many of us that grew up going to Toys "R" Us held out hope that a miracle would save the iconic toy store from liquidation. The brand has been around for more than 60 years and almost all of us recall their ads during the '80s and '90s featuring the company's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe. The store not only carried an array of fun and exciting toys for kids. Its Babies "R" Us section was home to a variety of interesting and useful products for new parents to choose from and register for.
There have been a number of attempts to save the company and its stores since they announced that they would be leaving our high streets back in March but they have all been in vain. Toys "R" Us is now closed and they will no longer supply generations of children with toys and babies with supplies.
As if having to say goodbye to Toys "R" Us wasn't hard enough, the company departed with a tear-jerking message to everyone who has shopped with them across the last six decades. You can check out the whole gut-wrenching post at the Toys "R" Us website, part of which reads "Promise us just this one thing: Don't ever grow up. Play on!" You don't have to tell us twice.
That's not the only thing Toys "R" Us has posted online recently that would warm even the coldest of hearts. There's also a photo that has been circulating on social media of the aforementioned Geoffrey. The giraffe is standing in an empty Toys "R" Us store with a suitcase in hand and waving goodbye to all of his fans and customers. Please Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us, no more sad messages or posts, we beg you.
That's it though. Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us are gone and there is now a pretty massive gap when it comes to retail stores selling toys and such a massive selection of infant products all in one place. Party supply company, Party City, has hinted that it may try to fill that gap with its own line of toy stores named Toy City, but that doesn't solve the baby problem. On top of that, this has not been confirmed (although it is hoping to open stores as early as this September if it does go ahead with the venture).