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Old 03-15-2018, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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We have a Toy R US store blocks away from our neighborhood in Kingstowne.

I wonder if the store closing will have an effect on kids.

This is the last place to window shop for children.

Here's a brief article on LinkedIn about the store closings:



Another one on CNN with old Toy R US commercials:

http://askaw.us/2FLTXsq

Last article on Fox website:

http://askaw.us/2FKdFVr

I also wonder if this will affect the local commercial real estate market. A quick Google search shows 7 Toy R US locations in the Northern Virginia area.

Google Map with Toys R US locations

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Old 03-15-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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It's sad but kids are becoming more and more tech savvy every day so my guess is they know how to look up all toys made known to mankind. More and more parents are using cell phones, tablets and so on as babysitters or a means to keep their kids quiet today. I doubt there will be any issues with Toys R Us closing.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:24 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Probably some places where the only real source of toys for browsing was Toys R Us, but then browsing doesn't pay the rent (and staff). Many places have alternatives, Target being one, but there are still non-chain toy stores around, about 30 or so in the Seattle area. Just a few local examples:

Welcome to Magic Mouse Toys, a fun store providing great toys and games in Seattle, WA.

https://www.redwagonmadisonpark.com/

Wee Tots Children's Store
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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It's sad but kids are becoming more and more tech savvy every day so my guess is they know how to look up all toys made known to mankind. More and more parents are using cell phones, tablets and so on as babysitters or a means to keep their kids quiet today. I doubt there will be any issues with Toys R Us closing.
I was about to post this.


With this generation of kids, they're more focused on games on their iPad and iPhone than they are about playing with physical toys anymore. My little nephews get a new toy or gadget and within a week, it's collecting dust because they're fighting to see which one gets to play the iPad first.


So no, I don't think so. I think for people in our generation (I was born in the 80's) Toys R Us was a big deal. But the kids in this generation, they probably don't care between a Toys R Us or the toy section in a WalMart.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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I was born in the 60s and the Toys R Us stores were HUGE and loaded with every toy known to man. Since we didn't have the internet, that's the only way you could know what was out there--by browsing. I loved it. I think in the 90s, the store shrunk in half and added baby items and clothing. That was a sad move.

It's still hard to believe that even a child in today's world would not love to browse in a huge toy emporium. Some things are still hands on. Plus, if you're 6 years old, how do you really know what's out there in the toy world?
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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Since we didn't have the internet, that's the only way you could know what was out there--by browsing. I loved it.
I think the commercials helped a lot.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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I think the commercials helped a lot.
I don't even remember any commercials...I guess I wasn't watching a lot of TV then.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:14 PM
 
Location: northern va
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I don't even remember any commercials...I guess I wasn't watching a lot of TV then.
clearly if you didnt want to grow up, you weren't a toys r us kid..
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:40 AM
 
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clearly if you didnt want to grow up, you weren't a toys r us kid..
Ah yes, they may have been aired after my toy heyday.
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:49 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My 35 and 33 year olds are devastated by the news. They also were upset when Discovery Zone closed.
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