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End of an era; Toys "R" Us plans to close USA stores

15 March 2018

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The stricken company has announced that it will be shutting the stores within the next six weeks after failing to find a new buyer.

Store closing sales are set to begin in February with the majority of stores ceasing operations by mid-April.

In the weeks that followed that announcement, reports from sources about the retailers situation got progressively worse, with insiders saying that vendors were not being paid and that employees were anxious the company couldn't met its payroll.

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"We have made every effort to secure a buyer for all or part of the company's business", Simon Thomas, the joint administrator for the British arm, said in a news release. It outlasted KB Toys, Zany Brainy and Noodle Kidoodle.

The company had to divert hundreds of millions of dollars to servicing its debt that could have gone to improving its stores, which many consider have become drab.

25 stores have already effectively closed, with the remaining 75 due to close their doors by the end of April.

-2005: The company is bought by three private equity firms and taken private. Its scale gave it leverage with toy sellers and it disrupted general merchandise stores and mom-and-pop shops. The times said Toys R Us controlled 13.6 percent of the toy market in the 2016. "Even during recent store closeouts, Toys R Us failed to create any sense of excitement".

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"They run it efficiently, and have good leadership". It won the right in court to restart its own website, Quartz reported, but by then Amazon was off and running with e-commerce and its own identity.

A dozen-plus major retailers filed for creditor protection past year, including Topeka, Kan. -based Payless Inc., San Francisco-based Gymboree Corp. and Sunrise, Fla. -based Perfumania Holdings Inc., all of which were using the Chapter 11 process to close underperforming stores and expand online operations.

The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, saddled with debt that hurt its attempts to compete.

For years, Toys R Us paid a hefty interest fee.

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