Mystery Shopper Buys Out Toys R Us Store

Anna Jefferson
July 1, 2018

The photo shows Geoffrey The Giraffe saying goodbye in an empty Toys "R" Us store, with a suitcase in hand.

The campaign for severance continued until the end, with employees expressing their views in varying ways while working final shifts at some 700 stores across the country. Johnpiere posted several other sad photos of the empty store on Facebook.

In February, the retail giant announced another 200 stores would shut their doors. Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.

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KB Toys, which filed for bankruptcy and closed all USA stores in 2009, is also said to be mulling a comeback. There was also the heavy debt load Toys R Us had to bear after the company was purchased by private-equity firms Bain Capital and KKR & Co.in a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

Many kids grew up watching Geoffrey the Giraffe in TV commercials. The store has made many countless peoples' faces light up over the past 70 years.

Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall and pledged to stay open, but had poor sales during the critical holiday season as customers and vendors shied away.

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So, it would seem those discussions have progressed far enough for Toys "R" Us to some hope to fans through that initial post.

At the Toys R Us location in Raleigh, North Carolina, a mysterious person bought the store's last remaining toys to donate to local children, CBS 17 reported. "I was surrounded by children".

- Well, it's the day we all knew was coming. and now it's here.

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