Today was supposed to be another Top Tuesday post, but I decided to skip it and talk about something else.
Toys R Us is closing. I’m sure that’s no news to anyone who reads this. We’ve all heard about it at this point. They filed for bankruptcy a couple of months ago and, while they tried to reassure us, we all knew this was coming.
This was, of course, one of my favorite stores growing up. I used to go with my sisters and parents most likely heading for the Pokemon or Ninja Turtle aisle. Kris and I would always look at the video games as well, though admittedly we usually bought our games at Gamestop. Still, we bought some things there.
I remember most going to the store to pick out something for a friend’s birthday party. I’d often get (or try to convince my mom) to get me a little something as well. It was usually a booster pack of Pokemon cards.
My mom found a $20 gift card to Toys R Us the other day. I had wanted to go to check out any sales and to walk through the store one last time. My mom gave me the card and told me to use it for whatever.
It’s been a while since I’ve been in my local store but I remember all the transformations and changes they made to the store. It’s huge – one half being Toys R Us and the other half being Babies R Us. I mean, I remember going there with my friend to pick out a crib for her daughter (who is now 3).
So, I went to Toys R Us while everyone else was at work. And believe me when I say it was a sad sight to see.
First, when I walked through the door there was a sign that said, “Now Hiring – all positions! (Temporary).”
I found that completely strange, but I’m sure some people are leaving without waiting for the doors to close. I guess if I found out I was going to be losing my job, I’d search for a new one. If something new came along before the store officially closed, I’d leave too.
The store was mobbed. So many people were there with their young kids allowing them to pick out toys – seriously, there were some people who were letting their kids get whatever they wanted. I wasn’t sure if they had originally gone to check out any sales (which, surprisingly enough, there were none) or if they were going for nostalgic reasons.
The store was a mess too. With so many customers rummaging through the shelves, none of the employees were bothering to clean the place up. Not that I blame them, they have other things to worry about, but it took me a while to find anything I was looking for.
The shelves were bare too. It didn’t occur to me that they wouldn’t restock the shelves, but it was such a sad sight to see. I went to the back of the store where the video games are kept and I looked inside the casing that held all the Nintendo Switch and 3DS games. There were sporadic choices and only about one or two copies of each game.
Long story short, I had no idea what to get. There were barely any games to choose from and the rest of the store was such a mess that I couldn’t find anything. There were no Pokemon cards… I checked the store top to bottom.
I ended up getting two Amiibo – Crom from Fire Emblem for Kris and Tom Nook from Animal Crossing for me. We don’t have any Fire Emblem or Animal Crossing Amiibo yet, so I figured, why not? I also ended up with a giant coloring pad of the movie Cars for my nephew.
I stood in line for about 15 minutes with my stuff, paid with a very unpleasant cashier, and then I walked out of the store for the very last time.
I haven’t been in Toys R Us in a long time, but I will miss it, that’s for sure.