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post Mar 14 2018, 12:26 PM
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43401674
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All Toys R Us stores in the UK are expected to close in the next six weeks following the chain's collapse into administration.
The BBC understands that attempts to find a buyer for the US retailer's 100 stores in the UK have failed.
Twenty five stores have either closed in recent days or are due to shut by Thursday.
It is thought that the closures will result in more than 3,000 redundancies.


Big news here, comparable to the Woolworths and BHS losses.

Do you miss Toys R Us? When was the last time you actually set foot into one? Been at least a decade for me but it's a shame that such an iconic brand is dying.

HMV will probably be having a similar fate next. sad.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 12:29 PM
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Sad to hear, Toys R Us was such a big part of my childhood sad.gif.
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post Mar 14 2018, 12:36 PM
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Such a shame, I love this shop! My local one has already gone.
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post Mar 14 2018, 02:25 PM
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I probably haven't been in one since I was about 11 but we used to go in them all the time. Bye bye sad.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 04:59 PM
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Very sad news. I remember when Toys R Us was so big it was a day out laugh.gif Also feel bad for everyone who's going to lose their jobs due to the store and head office closures sad.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 05:11 PM
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Not as sad as Woolworths going just under 10 years ago but still not great news.

Thought the trend of big non-food retail companies going bankrupt (which started just under 10 years ago) had ended, unfortunately not.

A lot of the stores probably will end up being big B&M Bargains/Home Bargains/The Range shops as those seem to be the main non-food shops doing well these days.


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post Mar 14 2018, 05:22 PM
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I haven't set foot in Toys R Us for years now, but this news has been sad nevertheless as I used to frequent the store a fair bit as a child. It used to be such an exciting day out when my parents would take me and my brother to our local Toys R Us! I would usually buy Bratz dolls, cuddly toys and board games. *.* This feels like the Woolworths closures all over again, although that was a bit more gutting for me as I was still a child when all of those stores shut down. I can't believe we're nearing exactly 10 years since they entered administration drama.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 05:31 PM
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We have a store locally its going to put a lot of people out of work and apparently Foot Locker and Maplins are heading that way as well, unfortunately unemployment is going to rise in our area as we have those 3 stores its going to hit us so bad.

Actually Maplins have gone into Administration
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post Mar 14 2018, 05:35 PM
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This is not really surprising news, they must have been quickly losing sales to online retailers over the last decade. I don't know if I've ever been into a Toys 'R' Us, was a while ago if so. I just hope my cousins who I bought a Toys 'R' Us giftcard for last Christmas used it up quickly laugh.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE(gavindeejay @ Mar 14 2018, 04:59 PM) *
Very sad news. I remember when Toys R Us was so big it was a day out laugh.gif Also feel bad for everyone who's going to lose their jobs due to the store and head office closures sad.gif


Our local store was so HUGE, it felt like we were going to a theme park, rather than just a store laugh.gif It was so overwhelming when I was younger. I haven't set foot in one in probably about a decade and a half, but it is sad to see a mark of my childhood going.
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post Mar 14 2018, 06:22 PM
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That's a shame! I loved going there as a kid, always an exciting experience. The advert's jingle always made me feel nostalgic!
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post Mar 14 2018, 06:24 PM
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My other half and I went to the store in Cardiff Bay back in October last year and there wasn't much choice there. I remember them having a big selection of Hornby and Skalextrics but the stock had been massively dumbed down sad.gif
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post Mar 14 2018, 06:34 PM
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I haven’t been to one for years but I remember the feeling of going into a Toys R Us, I remember it just looking massive and like literally a heaven on Earth, me and my Dad would make a day of going there and then only ever buy like one thing laugh.gif RIP Toys R Us, it’s a shame that little kids aren’t gonna get to experience that in the future

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post Mar 14 2018, 07:09 PM
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Haven't been in one for years but there is a massive one in my town next to B&Q.

Also re-HMV, does that mean that Waterstones will be after it shortly since they are (or were) owned by the same company?
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post Mar 14 2018, 07:24 PM
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Like Woolworths this is the unfortunate side effect of not keeping up with shifting markets and trends. That and the ongoing impact of the credit crunch & economic uncertainty are sure fire signs of companies collapsing. We’re going to lose a few big names over the next couple of years

QUOTE(Cameron @ Mar 14 2018, 07:09 PM) *
Haven't been in one for years but there is a massive one in my town next to B&Q.

Also re-HMV, does that mean that Waterstones will be after it shortly since they are (or were) owned by the same company?

They divorced quite a long time ago, HMV had been on its own for a while before it’s went into administration a few years ago. Hilco rescued them and as far as I know still own them now.
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post Mar 14 2018, 07:48 PM
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This is truly devastating news. Toys r us in the 90s was the place to go, I have so many childhood memories. I would hope HMV and Waterstones go nowhere otherwise my past shopping enjoyment truly will be dead.

Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older, but the world going forward just seems to get increasingly more depressing by the minute.

What is today’s equivalent of going to Toy r us?
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post Mar 14 2018, 08:17 PM
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I'll miss this at Christmas:




You knew it was near Christmas when the Christmas advert came on.

RIP Toys R Us
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post Mar 14 2018, 08:19 PM
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Evolve or Die. Kodak, Blockbuster - it's a brutal world out there and if you don't change to the times you will be crushed.

I have fond memories of going to Toys R Us, but that was in the 1990s. As much as it pains me, it is not the 1990s anymore. : (
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post Mar 15 2018, 08:18 AM
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Kids in the future will never get that we didn't want to grow up because we wanted to be a Toys R Us kid.
I last went to Toys R Us like 7 years ago, or was it 6 or 8?
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post Mar 15 2018, 09:48 AM
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QUOTE(The Hissmobile @ Mar 14 2018, 05:11 PM) *
Not as sad as Woolworths going just under 10 years ago but still not great news.

It lives on as a supermarket chain in Australia ohmy.gif

I wonder when HMV will go? Surely only a matter of time.
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