Toys R Us will close all of its US stores by the end of Friday. Take a look back at what it was like in its heyday.

As Toys R Us nears its end, fans of the store are lamenting its demise.

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September and officially filed for liquidation in March. As a result, more than 700 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores across the United States will be closing for good by Friday, June 29.

The store has been saddled with debt since a leveraged buyout in 2005 and struggled to keep up with competitors.

Though many Toys R Us fans were aware of this, they’re still heartbroken to see it go.

In 1948 in Washington, DC, Charles Lazarus opened a baby-furniture store that would become the first Toys R Us after expanding into toys in 1957.

In the 1990s, Toys R Us was the biggest toy seller in the US, expanding rapidly as it pushed out smaller chains. But by 1998, things had changed, and Walmart began selling more toys than Toys R Us in the US – a signal of more trouble ahead.

Take a look back at what Toys R Us was like in its heyday:

As Toys R Us prepares to close its doors for good, fans are lamenting the death of the chain and looking back on their favourite childhood memories.

This is what a store in New Jersey looked like in 1996.

It had everything a kid could want. This photo from 2001 shows the Imaginarium section of a New Jersey store.

It had seemingly endless aisles, lined with dolls …

… toys …

… and bikes. It was the perfect place to test them before buying.

The Toys R Us “Big Toy Book” was filled with ads for toys like G.I. Joe or the Nintendo 64. They could all be purchased with Geoffrey Dollars, the equivalent of store credit or a gift card. Geoffrey Dollars were named after the “spokes-animal” of the store, Geoffrey the Giraffe.

Fans everywhere are mourning the end of Toys R Us.


Parents are having a hard time telling their kids that their favourite store is closing …


… and teens are having a hard time letting go.


People of all ages are sad to see the store go.


Some referenced the memorable song heard in early Toys R Us commercials.


Others mentioned their favourite toys.


The end of Toys R Us has fans wishing it weren’t true.


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