One of two in Delaware among 180 closures - Christiana store to remain open
National toy store chain Toys ‘R’ Us announced this week that it would be closing hundreds of its stores across the country, including the Dover location.
The company's list, made public on Wednesday, Jan. 24, lists "1061 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Pa.," but 1061 N. Dupont Highway is the address for the Dover, Delaware store.
An employee of the Dover, Delaware store confirmed that the store is closing.
The remaining store, off Route 7 in the Newark/Stanton area, will remain open, as will the Babies ‘R’ Us there.
A representative said the company is planning to open around a dozen co-branded Toys ’R’ Us/Babies ‘R’ Us stores in unannounced locations.
“We are also focusing on our loyalty program, which will be revamped to better serve both our Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us customers,” the rep said.
Court documents reveal possible up to 182 stores closing, or roughly one-fifth of their operation. The company currently has over 800 stores nationwide.
Store-closing sales beginning in February will be followed by doors closing in mid-April, according to a press release from CEO David Brandon.
The release said that they fell short of their goal of making it “easier for you to shop with us, whether online or in stores,” due to “operational mishaps.”
“There were far too many transactions where this wasn’t the case,” Brandon said.
The company restructured last fall, and the changes are part of the company’s restructuring, the release states.
The company currently employs roughly 70,000 people throughout the country.
Toys ‘R’ Us began over 70 years ago, founded by Charles Lazarus in 1957.
The brand eventually expanded into Babies ‘R’ Us, and the now-defunct clothing store, Kids ‘R’ Us. It was also well known for its catchy jingles, and the phrase "I'm a Toys 'R' Us kid."