Toys R Us closing multiple US stores! 3-15-2018 - all stores expected to close

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  1. Lazerwave

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    I'm still wondering what's going to happen to those Toysrus Exclusives that were announced at this year's Toy Fair.
     
  2. mcart

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    visited my local TRU, still only 10% off Transformers but they did have the studio series TRU exclusive Thundercracker so I grabbed 2 of those (I'll wait and see if they do an official Skywarp and if not may try painting the blue purple!)

    Thinking of getting a couple more Ptero, he works so well!

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  3. mirarage

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    The building owner, IKEA, decided not to renew the lease another month.
    Liquidation schedule had to accelerate.
     
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    Many stores will be. June 30th is the scheduled last day.

    Sale percentage depends on sales,which are in decline right now and quite possibly no raise in percentage until all the warehouses are emptied.
     
  5. NeilJam

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    That is correct. Had it not been for their lease expiring, this location would have still been open for another month.
     
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  6. Optimus423

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    Ah, I see. I'm not completely familiar with how the whole process works or how the bidding goes. Thank you for your clarification!
     
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  7. G.B. Blackrock

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    For what it's worth, I've always understood the reference to mean "200 of the most profitable" rather than "the 200 most profitable." There's a slight, and important, difference.

    While a store must demonstrate that it's doing well, there can be other factors (geography would be one example) beyond JUST being in the top 200 that could lead to inclusion.

    Just my take.

    I wouldn't necessarily assume that it stays at TRU (unless it was always exclusive to TRU Canada to begin with), but would assume that the toys get released somehow, assuming anyone shows interest in carrying. Exclusivity contracts tend to be region-specific, and if there's no TRU in the US (and I would consider TRU Larian to be separate for these purposes), I assume it's fair game if others are willing.
     
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  8. GoLion

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    Honestly, unless it's Transformers, Power Rangers, Voltron, or an occasional Marvel Legends figures, I have no idea about toys. I did watch one video, but I thought the guy might've been exaggerating - It really is bad.
     
  9. artimus prime

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    I read what I could before they blocked me with their "Subscribe to us and you could read the whole thing!" crapola...

    It seems like they just want to close and let it die. They say he didn't reach the bid threshold, but $675 million for 200 stores, plus $210 million for the Canadian branch is nothing to sneer at when they're done as is.

    They just want to wash their hands of it and move on, from what I'm gathering.
     
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    He might have better luck using the money to buy the Canadian branch since it's for sale.
     
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    of course it was....Why not just start up a whole new toy store/name, instead of buying and hanging onto a now dead, Name Brand. If he thinks toys for kids are still a viable market, start fresh and with something NEW.
     
  13. AzT

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    Billionaire toy maker's bid to save Toys R Us stores rejected
     
  14. WishfulThinking

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    Yep. Now we know he lowballed. If there were absolutely no other offers on the table, it might have been considered. But for the judge to decide this quickly, I think it was a foregone conclusion.

    The silver lining here is that there ARE other lower-profile bids, apparently, that is not a "publicity stunt". So, there's still a chance someone may do a similar buyout...just not one we're privy to.
     
  15. netkid

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    Rumor was Amazon would buy up the stores and make them Amazon retail hubs to deliver same-day shipping on new & essential products nation-wide. So imagine ordering a new Transformer or some laundry detergent and getting it delivered that same day because the store/warehouse is in your area/state.
     
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    I'm not going to bother to include the specific comment that I'm replying to, because it's obvious that continued debate with him is pointless, but I do feel the need to point out that the Toys R Us name would be a far better boost to anyone who wanted to run a toy store than just starting one on one's own without a recognized name.

    Name recognition is important. To suggest that the TRU name is forever tainted with the stench of "failure" is to judge too quickly.
     
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    Already is happening with WalMart and Kroger. It's the one thing Amazon can't do on a national scale yet, so that would make sense, if true.
     
  18. netkid

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    Yeah, there have been numerous news reports on it since March. Wouldn't surprise me to be honest since it would place them near Walmarts and Targets and they definitely could compete with those guys.
     
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    I mentioned this way back in the thread, amazon opening big box stores that works as a warehouse for deliveries, pickup, and walkin look and buy would strike fear in walmart, target and other regional big stores. Amazon would do to these stores what walmart going nationwide did to Kmart, bradleys, Caldors and others.
     
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    By buying an existing company that already has logistical infrastructure set up (stores, warehouses, trucks, etc.), it would be quicker to get a business started in the retail landscape rather then starting a new company from scratch where you have to set up all the infrastructure before you go to market.
     
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