"Thanks to each of you who shared your wonderful journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who's built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something goeey". Storch came to the company when it was in the midst of a debt-laden privatization deal in 2005, and left it in 2013, with $1 billion in revenue (pre-tax). Toys R Us' troubles have also shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro.
The image captures the end of an era and sadness many people feel watching their favorite toy store close forever.
Retailers like Walmart and Target are expanding their toy aisles to fill the hole as customers look for new places to shop.
Things got worse in January when Toys R Us announced it would close 182 stores across the U.S. On March 14, the company confirmed that all stores in the U.S. would be closing, ending a 70-year operation.
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An obvious frontrunner will be Party City, which hired Jamie Uitdenhowen, a former top executive at Toys "R" Us, as its chief merchandising officer in December 2017 (three months after Toys "R" Us filed for bankruptcy).
After the sad photo of Geoffrey went viral, the San Antonio Zoo set up a GoFundMe page to raise $100,000 with the goal to "persuade the owners at Toys " R " Us to join the effort to save giraffes by donating the use of their most recognizable intellectual property", their beloved mascot.
Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.
However, on a more positive note, the 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey will continue to make children happy at a hospital in the state.