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We visited 3 Toys R Us stores that are about to shut down - and it was a depressing look at a business at its end

We visited 3 Toys R Us stores that are about to shut down - and it was a depressing look at a business at its end
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The Toys R Us stores we visited were an absolute mess.

  • Toys R Us announced in March that it would close or sell all 735 of its stores in the United States.
  • Going-out-of-business sales began shortly after the announcement. The sales will last until stores run out of inventory.
  • To see what the stores are like as they near closing, we visited three different Toys R Us locations in New York City.

Toys R Us filed a motion to liquidate its business in the United States in March, just five months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Toys R Us' liquidation includes plans to close all 735 of its remaining stores, with going-out-of-business sales now taking place at all of its US locations.

In late March, we visited a Toys R Us store in Yonkers, New York, that was part of an earlier round of store closures, and it was a grim look into the company's future.

As more Toys R Us stores prepare to close their doors, we visited three different locations in Queens and Manhattan. The stores were in a depressing state - lights were flickering, there were stacks of boxes everywhere, and empty shelves lined the walls.

Here's what it was like:

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