In farewell to USA shoppers, Toys 'R' Us urges 'Play on!'

Daniel Fowler
June 30, 2018

As the store wound down, a photo made the rounds of the store's mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe wearing a hat and sunglasses with a suitcase, apparently on his way to enjoy a nice retirement or at least a vacation.

In the less than two days since Johnpiere posted the image on Facebook, it has been shared almost 300,000 times. But sources have told The New York Post that Walmart executives had identified some 800 Walmart stores within five to 10 miles from an old Toys "R" Us location to carry extra toy inventory.

She's also posted several other photos of the empty store, including one that shows a sign with a cartoon version of Geoffrey painting the words: 'I guess everyone has grown up. 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".

In fact, the nationwide shutdown has left over 700 more empty retail spaces just like the one photographed and, more importantly, an $11 billion hole in the toy market.

The chain is closing its doors after filing for bankruptcy last September.

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People have turned to social media to express their sadness. You'll be missed Geoffrey the Giraffe'.

She has also shared nostalgic Toys "R" Us commercials from the '80s and '90s to commemorate the end of the company.

By the 80s and early 90s, Toys R Us dominated the toy-store business and its jingle, "I'm a Toys R Us kid" became an anthem for children across the country.

Patty Van Fossan, a long-time employee from OH said of the closure: 'I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us. We do live in a sad day and it was a crushing blow to the inner child in millions of people.

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