TEARS R US: After 22 years of selling toys, games, bikes, Powerwheels and other childhood delights, Toys R Us in Tupelo is closing today.
The location is one of more than 700 remaining stores that the company decided to liquidate after filing for Chapter 11 earlier this year. In March, Toys R Us officials said all stores would close within 60 days. And here we are.
There are few items left, and they’re all in the front of the store. The shelving and furniture has been sold and marked off, and workers were busy tearing things down to get ready to ship them off earlier today.
The Toys R Us in Tupelo opened in Barnes Crossing Plaza in 1996. Measuring some 33,000 square feet, it is owned by the company. What it plans to do with the store is unknown at this time. Reports earlier this week said Party City planned to open 50 “pop-up” stores across the country from September through the Christmas holidays to cash in on the void left by Toys R Us’ departure. But even if that possibility exists for the Tupelo store, the stores are only temporary.
About 30 people worked at the store, but that’s now cut by more than half to about a dozen. They’ll stay on the job until Friday, helping break down the shelves and other items left and then close the doors for good.
So, say goodbye to Geoffrey the Giraffe and all the great people that worked at Toys R Us. It was fun while it lasted.