Toys R Us is Closing 26 Branches, Are Your Childhood Memories Safe?

By Tom Pritchard on at

Last week Toys 'R' Us announced that it would be closing down 26 of its stores next Spring, putting 800 jobs at risk. Now, though, the company has revealed which branches will be closing - possibly ruining any memories you have of buying toys as or for a child.

  • Aberdeen
  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast, Newtownabbey
  • Birmingham, St Andrews
  • Bolton
  • Bradford
  • Brislington
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Derry City
  • Doncaster
  • East Kilbride
  • Exeter
  • Hayes
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Leicester
  • Livingston
  • Old Kent Road
  • Plymouth
  • Scunthorpe
  • Shrewsbury
  • Tamworth
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Watford
  • York
  • Manchester, Central Retail Park

It's sad that Manchester's branch is closing. I do have some fond memories of going in there to buy Lego in my youth. After Woolworths shut down it became quite difficult to get Bionicles, and being 16 or 17 I didn't have an Amazon account. Toys 'R' Us was the only option.

Apparently the closures are Toys 'R' Us's big warehouse-style stores, which have become too expensive to run in an age when people can have toys delivered to their houses. The newer, smaller stores are apparently doing fairly well, so hopefully they won't be following suit.

The closing stores are expected to run as normal until the Spring, which is when they're expected to shut down.

If anyone does have any memories or funny anecdotes about the closing stores, feel free to share them in the comments. [The Mirror]

Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr

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