As nostalgic ’90s kids, we’ve been in mourning ever since news broke in March that Toys “R” Us was going out of business. And now, the sad day is finally here. After today, June 29th, Toys “R” Us will close its doors for good, taking with it a part of our childhood.
The beloved toy store filed for bankruptcy in September 2017, and unfortunately, the company never recovered, leading to the shutdown of all 735 U.S. locations. The stores’ merchandise has been on clearance since January, and individual locations have been shuttering one by one. By today’s deadline, only about 200 stores remained open, according to CNN Money.
With the end of Toys “R” Us, about 30,000 employees will lose their jobs, according to CBS News. Because the chain is going out of business, employees have been denied severance pay, and many are preparing to go to court to fight for their money.
Amid the chaos of the stores closing, those connected to the company began to say their goodbyes. On June 27th, one store employee, Rene Johnpiere posted a devastating photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe holding a suitcase and waving from among empty shelves as he prepared to leave the store. The picture has since gone viral, with more than 300,000 people sharing it. Johnpiere also shared several other pictures of the barren aisles, forgotten shopping carts, and sale signs.
The Toys “R” Us website also posted a farewell statement.
Toys “R” Us fans across Twitter penned moving tributes to the toy store.
Many users referenced the store’s iconic jingle.
And others looked back on their favorite Toys “R” Us memories.
Toys “R” Us may be gone, but we’ll never forget the impact it had on our childhoods. We’ll always be Toys “R” Us kids.