Today Is the Day Every Last Toys R Us Store Closes

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Since Wednesday, a photo taken by a Toys "R" Us employee of Geoffrey the Giraffe carrying a suitcase in what appeared to be an empty Toys "R" Us store has gone viral on Facebook, echoed with thousands of sentimental comments.

"Because we were forced to liquidate the USA business, we were not able to follow the normal severance process", said a Toys "R" Us spokesperson earlier this month.

The second-to-last line, "Don't ever grow up", is a riff on Toys R Us' famous jingle: "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid".

The company had $5 billion in debt after a leveraged buyout that left it unable to invest.

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The company's stores closed their doors for the final time on Friday, after the toy store chain announced in March it would be closing down.

KB Toys, which filed for bankruptcy and closed all us stores in 2009, is also said to be mulling a comeback.

People shop at a Toys R Us store in Brooklyn on June 8, 2018 in New York City. Toys R Us' troubles have also shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro.

Curious shoppers checked out the stores, looking for last-minute deals and mementos from the long-time toy retailer.

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Will the Toys R Us name and mascot disappear forever? Drugstores like CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) and Rite Aid Corp (RAD.N) and discount outlets like Dollar General Corp (DG.N) or TJ Maxx (TJX.N) may also stock their shelves with more toys, they said.

AOL reports the toy retailer will shutter all of its remaining locations across the United States by the end of the day, wrapping up its going-out-of-business sales in the process.

"I think Geoffrey the Giraffe signifies fun and childhood memories", a zoo representative told CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS.

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