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Not long ago, Toys R Us was leading the American toy market. Over the years, the company did face some financial and management issues, but this hasn’t affected the magic of Toys R Us.

The first-ever Toys R Us store was founded back in 1948. In 1966, the company was acquired by Interstate Department Stores, Inc. After this, the whole rebranding and division campaign started in order to update the company image.

More recently, the company announced its transformation into TRU company by 2014. Eventually, in 2017 the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

How big is the company?

According to experts, the 1990s was the prime era for Toys R Us. The company was opening massively successful stores, generating a considerable amount of revenues per annum.

But from the very start of the 2000s, the company experienced its downfall, which is still going on, especially after the 2014 TRU transformation of the original Toys R Us.

In 2015, the company launched its first-ever ‘Toy Lab’ store, which eventually didn’t perform well, and the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017.

Since 2013 and to this very day, the company hasn’t been able to get annual profit.

Key facts about the company

Among Toy stores in the United States, Toys R Us is considered the oldest toys-based retail stores chain. The company started its operations in 1948, just four years after WWII.

In the beginning, the company used to work as a retailer of toys and baby products. But later in history, the company was co-branded into two separate divisions. One was Toys R Us, and the other one was Babies R Us.

The company so far isn’t performing well on the American soil where it was founded but the Canadian and UK-based Toys R Us outlets are still working quite well.

How many locations does the company have?

There are a total of 800 Toys R Us fully functional stores at the moment. These stores include both national and international stores.

Operating Hours

For weekdays including Saturdays, 10:00 am – 06:00 pm and for holidays and Sundays, the operational hours are 11:00 am – 06:00 pm.


Is Toys R Us coming back to the UK?

Unfortunately, no. The parent Toys R Us back in the United States filed for bankruptcy a few years back. As a result, most of the company stores in the USA and UK are getting shut down.

Does Toys R Us still exist?

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, Toys R Us has closed its last remaining 700 stores in the North American region but the 900+ international Toys R Us stores are still working in over 25 countries.

Why is Toys R Us closed?

Many factors lead to the downfall of Toys R Us but the most prominent ones include the recent pandemic, poor financial management, and lack of constructive planning to overcome the whole downfall of the iconic brand.


From the very beginning, Toys R Us was the undisputed kind of toys and babywear retail market in the United States. The company also expanded itself internationally, where it is still running quite successfully. But the days of the North American success for the company have recently come to an end.

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 10:00 - 21:00
Tu 10:00 - 21:00
We 10:00 - 21:00
Th 18:00 - 1:00
Fr 6:00 - 21:30
Sa 10:00 - 21:00
Su 11:00 - 18:00

Locations: 30 locations in 18 states and 30 cities.


  • Baby Accessories, Furnishings & Services
  • Children & Infants Clothing
  • Children's Furniture
  • Toy Stores

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