End of an era: Toys 'R' Us stores close for good

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The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey will be moved to a children's hospital in the state. The photo was taken by Rene Johnpiere, who appears to work at a Toys "R" Us.

"Empty. Sad that no one goes to brick-and-mortar stores anymore", Jason Sharp said.

In the less than two days since Johnpiere posted the image on Facebook, it has been shared almost 300,000 times. There was also the heavy debt load Toys R Us had to bear after the company was purchased by private-equity firms Bain Capital and KKR & Co.in a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

Over 30,000 workers will be looking for work as the stores close.

Many kids grew up watching Geoffrey the Giraffe in TV commercials.

According to recent reports, former Toys R Us CEO Jerry Storch has been meeting with potential investors to find a way to reboot the toy company.

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Lazarus founded the company in 1948 and built it up to be an icon that enjoyed 70 years of success.

The chain is closing its doors after filing for bankruptcy last September.

Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.

So, it would seem those discussions have progressed far enough for Toys "R" Us to some hope to fans through that initial post.

"This is a chance for Geoffrey and the great people at Toys "R" Us to leave a legacy gift that has the potential to change the world and bring smiles to children for generations to come", the fundraiser reads. Fayetteville is the only regional store open Friday.

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