In farewell to U.S. shoppers, Toys 'R' Us urges 'Play on!'

Rene Johnpiere the woman who took the viral also posted several other images including the one above that reads'I guess everyone has grown up. There's no more Toys

Rene Johnpiere the woman who took the viral also posted several other images including the one above that reads'I guess everyone has grown up. There's no more Toys"R Us kids

Meanwhile, a picture posted Wednesday of the chain's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, with his luggage packed up and ready to go quickly went viral, garnering almost 300,000 shares by Friday morning. The mascot stood surrounded by empty shelves and space, presumably in a Toys R Us store.

According to recent reports, former Toys R Us CEO Jerry Storch has been meeting with potential investors to find a way to reboot the toy company.

The iconic giraffe is not the only one disappointed by an early retirement from Toys R Us, as thousands of (human) employees have also been laid off in the wake of the store's closing.

Madelyn Garcia, who has worked at Toys R Us for 30 years and became a manager at the Boynton Beach store in September, told The Palm Beach Post that the Toys R Us team is a "family" and therefore should be compensated properly.

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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. The store has made many countless peoples' faces light up over the past 70 years.

After declaring bankruptcy in September, the chain in March sought a bankruptcy court's approval to start closing its 735 US stores, with severance payments coming to a halt during the liquidation. "I$3 remember when I was a kid going to LA for the first time and it's so sad to go".

Troubles for Toys R Us have also shaken big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro. "What we're asking is that the executives at Toys "R" Us would allow us to be the stewards of Geoffrey, their mascot, as a way for us to raise awareness for giraffe conservation".

In the UK, Toys R Us shut its final locations in April, but watching the animal waving goodbye really marks an end of an era.

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