All of the last remaining Toys R Us stores will officially close today, June 28, 2018. The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey will be moved to a children's hospital in the state. "My heart is breaking", Johnpiere wrote with a photo of the store's sale signs.
The second-to-last line, "Don't ever grow up", is a riff on Toys R Us' famous jingle: "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid". Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.
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In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company's mascot, appearing in his first TV commercial in 1973. This graduate school of pro wrestling is home to people who will be lighting up marquees for years to come, but now the doors are open to another person in need of a home.
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The famed toy emporium filed for bankruptcy last fall and announced it would be shutting down all locations across America in March.
"Throughout the retail reporting cycle, we've heard from a number of large and mid-sized retail chains that they expect to step in to compete in toys in a more meaningful way post-TRU", Stephanie Wissink, a retail analyst at Jefferies Financial Group, said in a recent note to clients.
Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.
Five former Toys R Us executives, including former CEO David Brandon, shared $8.2 million in retention bonuses.