When Toys R Us declared bankruptcy just before Black Friday season last year, company executives were quick to reassure shoppers that everything would be business as usual through the holidays. Now that the holidays are over, however, the 70 year old toy giant has announced that it will close up to 182 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, roughly 20% of its brick-and-mortar locations in the United States.
"The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus," Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO of Toys R Us said in a statement posted to the corporate website. "While our store roster may be getting smaller, what is not changing is our desire or commitment to serving you. For the past 70 years, we have worked hard to earn your business and look forward to being champions of play and a best friend to parents everywhere for decades to come."
What to expect from Toys R Us store closing sales
Brandon's statement notes that store closing sales will begin in early February, and most of the stores listed below will close in mid-April.
We don't yet know what will be on sale in February, but you can expect the most desirable toys to sell out quickly. Wildly popular items will likely be sent back to warehouses or distributed to other stores, so we can all but guarantee that finding a Nintendo Switch on clearance is wishful thinking, and online toy deals related to the store closings are unlikely. If you want to keep tabs on the situation just in case, you can always set up a deal alert for Toys R Us or for the particular toy you're keeping an eye out for.
The move also paves the way for Toys R Us to focus more on its online presence. The statement called out its popular baby registries in particular, which drive sales of lucrative big ticket items such as cribs and other baby furniture.
Otherwise, the Rewards R Us customer loyalty program will remain unchanged, your gift cards are still good, and ToysRUs.com will remain unaffected by the closings.
We know of 174 planned Toys R Us and Babies R Us store closings so far, which we've listed below.
- Birmingham - 335 Summit Blvd.
- Tuscaloosa - 2600 McFarland Blvd. East
- Mesa - US 60 and Signal Butte Rd.
- Paradise Valley - 12801 North Tatum Blvd.
- Scottsdale - 9139 Indian Bend Rd.
- Scottsdale - 7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
- Tucson - 4619 N. Oracle Rd.
- Yuma - 801 W. 32nd Street
- Little Rock - 2616 S. Shackleford Rd.
- Brea - 2575 E. Imperial Highway
- Brentwood - 5461 Lone Tree Way
- Corona - 3665 Grand Oaks
- Covina - 960 Lakes Dr.
- E. San Jose - 2179 Monterey Hwy.
- Emeryville - 3938 Horton
- Fairfield - 1400 Gateway Blvd.
- Folsom - 2785 E. Bidwell St.
- Fresno - 3520 W. Shaw Ave.
- Indio - 42500 Jackson St.
- Mira Mesa - 8181 Mira Mesa Blvd.
- Mission Bay - 1240 W. Morena Blvd.
- Pinole - 1330 Fitzgerald
- Pittsburg - 4505 Century Blvd.
- Puente Hills - 1600 S. Azusa Ave.
- Riverside - 2550 Canyon Springs Pkwy S.
- San Jose / Almade - 865 Blossom Hill Rd.
- San Rafael - 600 Francisco Blvd.
- Santa Ana - 3900 Bristol Street
- Santa Clarita - 26573 Carl Boyer Dr.
- Simi Valley - 1189 Simi Town Ctr. Way
- Stockton - 10640 Trinity Pkwy.
- Torrance - 20120 Hawthorne Blvd.
- Union City - 31250 Court House Dr.
- Vista - 1990 University Drive
- Westminster - 530 Westminster Mall
- Yuba City - 700 "A" Onstott Rd.
- Aurora - 1150 S. Ironton
- Manchester - 169 Hale Road
- Newington - 3491 Berlin Turnpike
- North Haven - 376 North Universal Drive
- Waterbury - 275 Union St.
- Altamonte - Spring 708 West State Rd. 436
- Boca Raton - 21697 State Road #7
- Coral Springs - 6001 West Sample Road
- Kissimmee - 2601 W.Osceola Parkway
- Kissimmee - 3214 N John Young Pkwy.
- Orange Park - 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd.
- Port St. Lucie - 10732 SW Village Pkwy.
- Royal Palm Beach - 450 South SR 7
- St. Petersburg - 1900 Tyrone Blvd.
- Tallahassee - 1625 Apalachee Pkwy.
- Tampa - 3908 West Hillsborough Avenue
- Albany - 2601 Dawson Rd.
- Alpharetta - 6380 No. Point Parkway
- Conyers - 8160 Mall Parkway
- Douglasville - 6875 Douglas Boulevard
- Dunwoody - 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy.
- Fayetteville - 132 Pavilion Parkway
- Newnan - 221 Newnan Crossing Bypass
- Smyrna - 2955 Cobb Parkway
- Greenwood - 8800 US 31 South
- Indianapolis - 3928 E 82nd Street
- Des Moines - 8801 University Ave.
- S. Des Moines - 1211 E. Army Post Rd.
- Bricktown - 6420 W. Fullerton
- Burbank - 7750 South Cicero Avenue
- Highland Park - 1610 Deerfield Rd.
- Matteson - 5001 Lincoln Highway
- Niles - 5660 Touhy Avenue
- Schaumburg - 16 East Golf Rd.
- Vernon Hills - 295 Center Drive
- Overland Park - 8500 W 135th Street
- Wichita - 4646 W. Kellogg
- Lexington - 1965 Star Shoot Parkway
- Simpsonville - 1155 Buck Creek Rd.
- St. Mathews - 4900 Shelbyville Rd.
- Slidell - 137 Northshore Blvd.
- Bangor - 6 Bangor Mall Blvd.
- Portland - 200 Running Hill Road
- Clinton - 8401 Mike Shapiro Drive
- Bellingham - 217 Hartford Ave.
- Dedham - 302 Providence
- Framingham - 1 Worcester Road, Shoppers World Plaza
- Holyoke - 50 Holyoke Street
- Millbury - 70 Worcester Providence Tpk/Rt. 146
- Northborough - 6110 Shops Way
- Ann Arbor - 3725 Carpenter Road
- Ann Arbor - 3725 Washtenaw
- Grand Rapids - 4923 28th Street South East
- Lansing - 5900 W. Saginaw Highway
- Muskegon - 5363 Harvey Street
- Traverse City - 2620 Crossing Circle
- Blaine - 170 89th Ave.
- Minnetonka - 14100 Wayzata Blvd.
- Richfield - 900 West 78th Street South
- Woodbury - 8236 Tamarack Village
- Meridian - 1003 Bonita Lakes Circle
- Pearl - 200 Bass Pro Dr.
- Bridgeton - 5590 St. Louis Mills Blvd.
- Cape Girardeau - 201 Silver Springs Rd.
- Chesterfield - 220 THF Blvd.
- Columbia - 1901 Bernadette
- Omaha - 3505 S. 140th Plaza
- Las Vegas - 2150 North Rainbow Blvd.
- Spring Valley - 7020 Arroyo Crossing Parkway
- Albuquerque - 45 Hotel Circle
- Asheville - 801 Fairview Road
- Durham - 7001 Fayetteville Road
- Durham - 3300 Westgate Drive
- Nashua - 29 Gusabel Avenue
- Bridgewater - 100 Promenade Blvd.
- Burlington - Rt. 541 & Cadillac Road
- Cherry Hill - 2135 Route 38
- East Hanover - 98 Route 10 West.
- Eatontown - 137 Route 35
- Elizabeth - Kids World 900 Center Drive
- Mt. Olive - 50 International Drive South
- North Brunswick - 909 US Hwy 1 South.
- Paramus - 545 Route 17 South
- Phillipsburg - 1280 Rt. 22 & St. James Ave.
- Union - 2700 Route 22 East.
- Wayne - 7 Wayne Hills Mall
- Buffalo - 1569 Niagara Falls Blvd.
- College Point - 139-19 20th Ave.
- Commack - 108 Veterans Memorial Highway
- Glens Falls - 708 Upper Glen St.
- Greece - 1530 Ridge Rd. West
- Henrietta - 2335 Marketplace Drive
- Kingston - 401 Frank Sottile Boulevard
- Latham - 221 Wade Road Extension
- Massapequa - 5214 Sunrise Hwy.
- Middle Village - 66 Metropolitan Ave.
- Sayville - 5181 Sunrise Hwy.
- Union Square - 24-30 Union Square E
- Westbury - 1350 Corporate Drive
- Williamsport - 461 Lycoming Mall Cir
- Yonkers - 2700 Central Park Ave.
- Dayton - 2661 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
- Dublin - 3610 West Dublin-Granville Rd.
- Mentor - 7841 Mentor Ave.
- Western Hills - 6251 Glenway Ave.
- Fort Smith - 5609-E Rogers Ave.
- Norman - 560 Ed Noble Pkwy.
- Oklahoma City - 1119 SE 66th St.
- Beaver Valley Route - 18/Valley View Dr.
- Dover - 1061 N. Dupont Highway
- Erie - 6680 Peach St.
- Exton - 104 Bartlett Ave.
- Horsham - 100 Welsh Road
- Monroeville - 3700 William Penn Highway
- Ross Park Mall - 2003 Cheryl Dr.
- Washington - 301 Oakspring Road
- Warwick - 300 Quaker Lane
- Columbia - 254 Harbison Boulevard
- Rapid City - 450 E. Disk Drive
- Memphis - 7676 Polo Ground Blvd.
- Nashville - 5731 Nolensville Rd.
- Allen - 170 E. Stacy Road
- Dallas Galleria - 13710 Dallas Parkway
- Hulen - 5800 Overton Ridge Blvd.
- Hurst - 1309 W. Pipeline Rd.
- Irving - 7730 N. MacArthur Blvd
- Katy - 9730 Katy Freeway
- Lewisville - 420 E. Round Grove Rd.
- West El Paso - 801 Mesa Hills Dr.
- Midvale - 1122 Fort Union Boulevard
- Ogden - 4042 Riverdale Rd.
- Newport News - 12153 Jefferson Ave.
- Potomac Mills - 14173 Crossing Place
- Everett - 1325A S.E. Everett Mall Parkway
- Silverdale - 3567 N.W. Randall Way
- Spokane - 6104 N. Division Street
- Brookfield - 18550 W. Bluemound Rd.
- Madison - 2161 Zeier Road