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Toys Were They: Remaining Toys R Us stores will close Friday

Millennials and Generation Xers who would like to say one last goodbye to their childhood had better hurry up.

Toys R Us stores will close Friday.

Crews have begun dismantling shelves, fixtures are selling and the remaining inventory has been condensed into small areas in the front of each store.

The farewell is breaking hearts on Twitter.

Those looking for bargains will find prices cut by as much as 90 percent, but pickings are slim.

There are no Hatchimals, but there are Lumianimals, stuffed animals that double as night lights.

 

(Samantha Christmann/Buffalo News)

 

If the children in your life aren't picky, you have a unique opportunity to stock up on stocking stuffers.

For example, you won't find "slow-rising squishies," but there are some discounted no-rising Squashies.

 

(Samantha Christmann/Buffalo News)

 

And instead of Lego sets, Barbie Dream Houses and Thomas the Tank Engine, there are 2018 calendars, third-string Pirates of the Caribbean action figures and . . . these things.

 

Giant plastic Grossery Gang things. (Samantha Christmann)

A leveraged buyout left Toys R Us with $5 billion in unmanageable debt, leading the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall. Its plans to stay open were thwarted by poor holiday sales, and the company announced in March that it would liquidate. The Toys R Us and Babies R Us brand names and baby shower registries will go up for auction in July.

The liquidation leaves 30,000 workers out of jobs and has left toy makers without a major buyer. Big box retailers are expected to absorb some of  the supply to keep up with consumer demand, along with pop-up shops from temporary holiday toy retailers.

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