Toys 'R' Us might have disappeared from the high street last year, but it could still return to the United States in some form or fashion.
It's no secret that your average high street store is struggling. It's also nothing new. As the world of online shopping has become more prevalent, the need to physically go outside and shop has naturally dwindled. As more and more people browse, shop, and buy from the comfort of their own homes, more and more stores, brands, and chains continue to close their doors for good.
In 2018, one of the world's most beloved toy stores fell foul of the online shopping plight. Toys 'R' Us, after being there for generation after generation of child, closed the doors to its stores for good. If the world of shopping in person thought it could rely on one thing it was selling to children, or more specifically those children's parents, but apparently not.
Hold on to your hats though, as we have some potentially exciting news. Apparently, despite hearing nothing from the company since its massive closing down sales came to an end, Toys 'R' Us may not be done just yet. At least not in the US. Richard Barry, the former global chief merchandising officer of Toys 'R' Us, explained the good news to CNN.
"We have significant interest about how to bring the brand back to the US," Barry revealed. However, he did not reveal what that might mean. Since the global brand went under, Barry has gone on to become the CEO of Tru Kids Brand, the company that took over the rights from Toys 'R' Us stateside. Apparently, there has been concerted interest from shoppers for the brand to return in the US, UK, and Australia.
Believe it or not, the Toys 'R' Us brand is not completely dead, even before this most recent news. The company still has stores open throughout Europe, the Middle East, and even in Canada. However, a return to the US would mean big business. Whether that manifests in the form of stores coming back is not a certainty right now, though. The beloved brand could come back in a variety of different forms.