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It’s been no secret that Toys R Us has been hurting for years now. The once massive toy retailer filed for bankruptcy and has been trying to find a way to keep the doors open on at least a few of their stores. Just today Toys R Us announced that they couldn’t find a buyer to keep their 100 UK stores open and now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the US stores are telling employees they won’t stay open either. 2018 may end the year with no more Toys R Us stores open anywhere.
This means nearby Toy R Us stores will soon begin to liquidate pretty much everything. All inventory will go on sale, likely with deep discounts on items they can’t get rid of, and for some stores this means you’ll be able to walk out with authentic Toys R Us shelves, displays, and sometimes even cash registers. It also means that a major retailer for video games is now gone.
Despite having a reputation for being higher priced than competitors like Wal-Mart and Target, Toys R Us remained a very focused specialty store. To this day my local Toys R Us still has a larger and better selection of games than other retail stores. I do worry that other retailers won’t fill in those gaps. If other stores can fill their inventory with a menagerie of other items, then who will have been secretly storing amiibos, or X-Men: Destiny, or decade old Pokemon cards?
At least do yourself a favor and find your nearest store and grab some games while they’re on sale.