In farewell to USA shoppers, Toys 'R' Us urges 'Play on!'

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In fact, the nationwide shutdown has left over 700 more empty retail spaces just like the one photographed and, more importantly, an $11 billion hole in the toy market.

As Toys "R" Us locations across the country pack up their remaining inventory, the store's mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe did some packing of his own.

But numerous children who happily sang the "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid" jingle grew into busy parents who found shopping online more convenient.

It's been a rough year for Toys "R" Us, whose founder Charles Lazarus died aged 94 on March 22, the same day the company was scheduled to begin its liquidation sale.

Several stores that have run out of stock closed, according to AOL.

Over 30,000 workers will be looking for work as the stores close.

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In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company's mascot, appearing in his first TV commercial in 1973. The store has made many countless peoples' faces light up over the past 70 years.

- Well, it's the day we all knew was coming. and now it's here.

Not only will Toys "R" Us stores be closing, but also all Babies "R" Us stores will be liquidating all sales after today.

"I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us", long-time store employee Patty Van Fossan, 54, from Boardroom, Ohio, told Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald at the time, the toy store said it was business as usual outside of North America.

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