Toys R Us closes final stores Friday

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Today marks the end of an era as Toys "R" Us, one of the largest toy retailers in the country, closes its doors for the final time.

Earlier this year, Toys R Us went into administration.

This might have been totally a joke but it still shows the impact Toys R Us had on all of us.

In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores, but then in March it said it would liquidate the rest of the 700-plus stores. Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook. We made a decision to visit the icon toy store one last time before it closed its doors forever.

People have turned to social media to express their sadness.

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Wade isn't just embattled at the federal level; state legislators have been chomping at the bit to erode the decision for years. He added that his decision was motivated by the desire to spend more time with his family.

"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.

One user tweeted the photo saying: "Goodbye, Geoffrey the Giraffe".

Toys "R" Us chief executive officer Jerry Storch has been, "working with multiple investors on a plan to reboot the retailer in the USA, according to people familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private".

In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company's mascot, appearing in his first TV commercial in 1973.

By the fall of 2017 the company, saddled with $5billion in debt, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but pledged to stay open.