Toys R Us closing

Shelves are mostly empty as the Roseville, Michigan Toys R Us location prepares to close. (Photo: Ed Cardenas)

Toys 'R' Us Will Close For Good This Week

June 26, 2018 - 5:09 pm

ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - For many metro Detroit families, it feels like the end of an era as hundreds of U.S. Toys R Us stores prepare to close for good by the end of the week.

Any and all stores still open across the country -- as well as all remaining Babies R Us stores -- will close this Friday, June 29; or, in some cases, sooner, according to reports. 

St. Clair Shores dad Ed Cardenas and his sons stopped by the Roseville store on Saturday for what Cardenas said will likely be their final Toys R Us visit. 

With deep discounts offered during liquidation, which began in March, the family found the once-packed shelves "pretty much picked over."

Toys R Us closing
(Photo: Ed Cardenas)

"This place was a destination as a child, and when I became a dad, one of my favorite places to bring the kids -- even if I had to say 'no' and 'maybe later' repeatedly," Cardenas said, calling the look of the empty store "heartbreaking."

As they walked the aisles, Cardenas' son Zach said it was sad, "no one wants to be a Toys R Us kid anymore.”

Many of the stores still open are operating with a skeleton staff for the final few days. On Tuesday, no one answered the phone the Roseville, Westland or the Sterling Heights Lakeside locations.

"We would like to thank you for shopping with us for more than 70 years and we appreciate your kind expressions as we close our doors," a recorded voice says on an answering machine. 

Toys R Us closing
(Photo: Ed Cardenas)

Toys R Us closing

The Novi and Southfield locations are already closed, and an employee who picked up the phone at the Livonia store said they would be closing for good on Thursday. 

CNN reports that some longtime employees have been staging protests because they were not paid severance after losing their jobs. The 31,000 US workers received only 60-days notice as required by federal law. Another round of protests was scheduled for this week.

Meanwhile, it's unclear what will happen to the vacant buildings. Toys R Us has said the company is in the process of trying to find new tenants for its 700-plus shuttered stores. 

According to reports, some will be rented by Party City for its seasonal pop up Halloween shops, as well as pop up Toy City stores that will open only for the holiday season.