Toys R Us built a kingdom and the world’s biggest toy store. Then, they lost it.

Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. In its heyday in th


Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. In its heyday in th
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Toys R Us built a kingdom and the world's biggest toy store. Then, they lost it.

The toy emporium that Charles P. Lazarus envisioned has been reduced to dusty floors and empty shelves.

Much has been said about the demise of the toy empire, which this week announced its plan to liquidate. There have been fingers pointed at corporate raiders, Amazon and big-box stores. All contributed to its undoing.

Ultimately, though, Toys R Us’ collapse is a story of loyalty run dry. The store in its early days fostered devotion from customers and toymakers. In the end, it lost hold on both.

Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. It didn’t invest in its stores, even as it was adding to the fleet, leaving it vulnerable when new competition moved in.

The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. By 1978, he had created a toy superstore large enough to become a public company.

In its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, it was the most important toy store in the country, if not the world. Its strength grew as competitors Kiddie City and Child World went out of business.


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AIG sees third-quarter catastrophe losses of $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion

Insurer American International Group said on Thursday it expects third-quarter pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of between $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion. “These losses are largely associated with multiple events in Japan, including Typhoons Jebi and Trami, as well as Hurricane Florence and revisions to our loss estimates on the California mudslides,” AIG said in a statement. AIG shares fell about 4 percent in extended trading.


Insurer American International Group said on Thursday it expects third-quarter pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of between $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion. “These losses are largely associated with multiple events in Japan, including Typhoons Jebi and Trami, as well as Hurricane Florence and revisions to our loss estimates on the California mudslides,” AIG said in a statement. AIG shares fell about 4 percent in extended trading.
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AIG sees third-quarter catastrophe losses of $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion

Insurer American International Group said on Thursday it expects third-quarter pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of between $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion.

“These losses are largely associated with multiple events in Japan, including Typhoons Jebi and Trami, as well as Hurricane Florence and revisions to our loss estimates on the California mudslides,” AIG said in a statement.

AIG shares fell about 4 percent in extended trading.


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Michaels expands kids’ crafting section in bid to win sales left behind by Toys R Us

Toys R Us had accounted for about 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. toy sales last year. Many companies, including Walmart, have already laid out strategies to capture those sales — even retailers that aren’t typically known for their toy sales. Sales in the segment Michaels is focusing on — arts and craft toys — were up 8 percent between January and July, according NPD Group. But as the trend grew more popular, companies rushed in with their own slime craft kits, bumping up sales of the category. Ru


Toys R Us had accounted for about 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. toy sales last year. Many companies, including Walmart, have already laid out strategies to capture those sales — even retailers that aren’t typically known for their toy sales. Sales in the segment Michaels is focusing on — arts and craft toys — were up 8 percent between January and July, according NPD Group. But as the trend grew more popular, companies rushed in with their own slime craft kits, bumping up sales of the category. Ru
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Michaels expands kids' crafting section in bid to win sales left behind by Toys R Us

Arts and craft supplier Michaels is entering the land grab for Toys R Us’ market share.

Hundreds of stores went dark earlier this year when Toys R Us liquidated, leaving a window for other retailers to step in and court the toy retailer’s former customers. Toys R Us had accounted for about 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. toy sales last year. Many companies, including Walmart, have already laid out strategies to capture those sales — even retailers that aren’t typically known for their toy sales.

Michaels, which has seen its stock drop more than 30 percent this year to a multiyear low, is hoping to entice parents of young crafters, builders and burgeoning artists with a robust selection of nonelectronic products and crafting materials. The company is making some major changes to the kids’ sections of its stores, including stocking the aisles with more than 600 new items and partnering with brands to get exclusive access to some products.

“We call it creative play,” CEO Chuck Rubin told CNBC. “It’s kind of a variation of the toy market.”

For Michaels, it’s all about kids making their own projects — think jewelry-making kits, clay and painting supplies. If the store stocks a product with a licensed brands like “Star Wars” or “My Little Pony,” kids usually have to assemble the item before they can play with it. They’ve added Legos. Typically, the only items that run on batteries are part of its S.T.E.M. selection. These products foster skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and include robotics kits, circuit builders and coding toys.

Sales in the segment Michaels is focusing on — arts and craft toys — were up 8 percent between January and July, according NPD Group. This spike in sales is largely due to the dollar growth of craft kits, which were up 13 percent. In the same time period last year, sales of these craft kits were down 11 percent mostly due to the increased popularity of slime products.

Slime enthusiasts initially had to buy all of their ingredients separately for their projects. But as the trend grew more popular, companies rushed in with their own slime craft kits, bumping up sales of the category.

Rubin said slime continues to be popular, and Michaels carries slime kits and individual materials.

In addition, Michaels has lined up a number of products that can’t be found at any other retailers. This is a common tactic among toy sellers around the holiday season. Offering unique items can draw more people into stores, who often shop for other things while they are there.

Michaels is adjusting store layouts to more clearly define where shoppers can find products for kids, and its website will make it easier to shop for kid-friendly crafts. The retailer will continue to hold crafting events in its stores to lure parents and children. Last year, the company hosted more than 120 such events and had more than 1 million kids participate.

That should help set Michaels apart from others trying to get a bigger share of holiday sales. For example, Party City — not a traditional toy retailer — is opening 50 Toy City stores for the holidays, which will sit alongside its Halloween pop-up shops. The company also said it plans to permanently add more toys to its Party City locations.

Kohl’s, Five Below and J.C. Penney are just a few other businesses that have already said they plan to sell more toys this year.

Holiday sales in the U.S. are projected to be strong this year. Deloitte, for example, estimates sales will rise 5 to 5.6 percent this year, helped by a strong economy and low unemployment. If Michaels can grab a bigger share, it will provide a much-needed boost. In its latest quarter, sales at stores open at least 12 months fell 0.4 percent.

“We are very focused on kids, it is one of our core categories,” Rubin said. “It’s not so much of a toy business, but we think given the strength that we have in [the category] and the dislocation of the market, there is a nice piece of the business we can pick up.”

WATCH: The rise and fall of Toys R Us


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Another retailer lands a deal with Amazon: This time, it’s Party City

This time, it’s Party City. Party City will offer an assortment of items on Amazon to start, but with a big focus on Halloween costumes, the company said. Party City CEO James Harrison said the company’s goal with the Amazon pilot is to reach customers who are increasingly gravitating toward shopping online, including millennials. In the wake of Toys R Us’ demise, Party City is also making a bigger push into the toy category and plans to open 50 Toy City pop-up stores ahead of the holidays. Part


This time, it’s Party City. Party City will offer an assortment of items on Amazon to start, but with a big focus on Halloween costumes, the company said. Party City CEO James Harrison said the company’s goal with the Amazon pilot is to reach customers who are increasingly gravitating toward shopping online, including millennials. In the wake of Toys R Us’ demise, Party City is also making a bigger push into the toy category and plans to open 50 Toy City pop-up stores ahead of the holidays. Part
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Another retailer lands a deal with Amazon: This time, it's Party City

Another retailer is tying itself up with Amazon. This time, it’s Party City.

In tandem with reporting second-quarter earnings, the retailer on Thursday said it would be rolling out a pilot program on Amazon ahead of the Halloween season this year. Party City will offer an assortment of items on Amazon to start, but with a big focus on Halloween costumes, the company said.

Just within the past year, a number of brands have announced similar initiatives, partnering with the e-commerce giant that is taking a larger and larger share of retail sales online. That list of companies now includes Sears Holdings, Nike, Chico’s, Calvin Klein and Carter’s, to name a few.

Halloween meanwhile is Party City’s biggest selling season, and consumer spending across the U.S. on Halloween-related merchandise continues to climb. Spending on items like costumes, candy and pumpkins reached a record $9.1 billion in 2017, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation. That was up more than 8 percent from a previous record of $8.4 billion in 2016.

Party City CEO James Harrison said the company’s goal with the Amazon pilot is to reach customers who are increasingly gravitating toward shopping online, including millennials.

“[T]he program also creates an additional channel of distribution that allows us to leverage our dynamic manufacturing and distribution capabilities,” he said in a statement. Party City will continue to run its own website.

The party goods retailer said it expects the pilot program will eventually expand to other product categories for Christmas and the New Year, “with further expansion possible in 2019.”

In the wake of Toys R Us’ demise, Party City is also making a bigger push into the toy category and plans to open 50 Toy City pop-up stores ahead of the holidays. The company didn’t say Thursday if it would test selling toys on Amazon.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended June 30, Party City sales climbed 3 percent to $561 million, falling slightly short of Wall Street’s expectations for $563.9 million, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.

Net income rose to $28.5 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with $25 million, or 21 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding one-time items, Party City earned 40 cents a share, a penny above analysts’ estimates and compared with earnings per share of 28 cents for the same period last year.

The company didn’t change its full-year outlook and still expects to bring in as much as $2.49 billion in sales and earn between $1.76 and $1.87 a share, on an adjusted basis. The Street had forecast Party City’s sales to be $2.48 billion for fiscal 2018, with net income of $1.84 per share.

Party City shares rose nearly 5 percent in trading Thursday morning on the news. The stock has climbed nearly 13 percent so far this year, bringing Party City’s market cap to $1.6 billion.


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Sad over losing Toys R Us, parents drive a surge in toy sales in the first half of the year

Things are looking up for the toy industry as parents and grandparents, sad over the bankruptcy of Toys R Us, fueled massive sales in the first half of the year. The toy industry’s sales grew 7 percent to $7.9 billion through June, according to market research company NPD Group. She said she was convinced that the jump in sales was at least partially due to empathy over losing Toys R Us. “I think it brought about an emotional response that resulted in parents buying more toys overall,” she said.


Things are looking up for the toy industry as parents and grandparents, sad over the bankruptcy of Toys R Us, fueled massive sales in the first half of the year. The toy industry’s sales grew 7 percent to $7.9 billion through June, according to market research company NPD Group. She said she was convinced that the jump in sales was at least partially due to empathy over losing Toys R Us. “I think it brought about an emotional response that resulted in parents buying more toys overall,” she said.
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Sad over losing Toys R Us, parents drive a surge in toy sales in the first half of the year

Things are looking up for the toy industry as parents and grandparents, sad over the bankruptcy of Toys R Us, fueled massive sales in the first half of the year.

The toy industry’s sales grew 7 percent to $7.9 billion through June, according to market research company NPD Group.

“It is likely that the Toys R Us news has kept toys top-of-mind for parents and grandparents when shopping for kids in general, benefiting both consumers and the industry,” Juli Lennett, senior vice president and industry advisor, said in a statement Monday.

She said she was convinced that the jump in sales was at least partially due to empathy over losing Toys R Us.

“I think it brought about an emotional response that resulted in parents buying more toys overall,” she said.

Lennett said that sales of toys priced between $5 and $19.99 and robotic and interactive toys were the two major drivers of growth in the toy industry so far this year.

Collectible dolls like LOL Surprise, Fingerlings and Soft’n Slo Squishies remain at the top of kids’ wish lists as well as toys that feature dinosaurs and unicorns.


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North Korea alarmed by US attitudes but committed to nuclear deal

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was increasingly alarmed by U.S. attitudes towards the isolated state but said it remained firm in its determination to implement the nuclear deal it reached with Washington in June. The United States and North Korea pledged to end the North’s nuclear program and establish peace on the Korean peninsula in the landmark June agreement reached by their leaders in Singapore. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Southeast Asian nations at regi


North Korea’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was increasingly alarmed by U.S. attitudes towards the isolated state but said it remained firm in its determination to implement the nuclear deal it reached with Washington in June. The United States and North Korea pledged to end the North’s nuclear program and establish peace on the Korean peninsula in the landmark June agreement reached by their leaders in Singapore. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Southeast Asian nations at regi
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North Korea alarmed by US attitudes but committed to nuclear deal

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was increasingly alarmed by U.S. attitudes towards the isolated state but said it remained firm in its determination to implement the nuclear deal it reached with Washington in June.

The United States and North Korea pledged to end the North’s nuclear program and establish peace on the Korean peninsula in the landmark June agreement reached by their leaders in Singapore.

“The DPRK stands firm in its determination and commitment for implementing the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in a responsible and good-faith manner,” said Ri Yong Ho, referring to his country by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“What is alarming however is the insistent moves manifested within the U.S. to go back to the old, far from its leader’s intention.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Southeast Asian nations at regional meetings in Singapore this week to maintain sanctions on North Korea but said he was optimistic that the deal to end the North’s nuclear programme would be implemented.

“We have initiated goodwill measures of, inter alia, a moratorium on nuclear tests and rocket launch tests and dismantling of nuclear test ground,” Ri said in a statement delivered to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum.

“However, the United States, instead of responding to these measures, is raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against the DPRK and showing the attitude to retreat even from declaring the end of the war, a very basic and primary step for providing peace on the Korean peninsula.”

North Korea, backed by China, fought the South and U.S.-led U.N. forces in the 1950-53 Korean War which ended in a mere truce, not a peace treaty.


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DHS head Nielsen forecasts ‘hurricane’ cyberattacks, announces response

“We are in a crisis mode,” Nielsen said at a cybersecurity summit in New York. Nielsen said DHS will launch the National Risk Management Center this year to provide “a cross-collaborative approach,” connecting government agencies and corporations. The new risk center is meant to ease some of those fears, and provide a more effective, “crowd-sourced” response to various types of attacks, she said. That would involve taking expertise from various private sector and public cyber professionals. DHS


“We are in a crisis mode,” Nielsen said at a cybersecurity summit in New York. Nielsen said DHS will launch the National Risk Management Center this year to provide “a cross-collaborative approach,” connecting government agencies and corporations. The new risk center is meant to ease some of those fears, and provide a more effective, “crowd-sourced” response to various types of attacks, she said. That would involve taking expertise from various private sector and public cyber professionals. DHS
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DHS head Nielsen forecasts 'hurricane' cyberattacks, announces response

The next major attack on the U.S. is more likely to come by computers than airplanes, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday.

“We are in a crisis mode,” Nielsen said at a cybersecurity summit in New York. “A cat 5 hurricane has been forecast, and we must prepare.”

One way to prepare is to encourage more information-sharing between private sector companies and the government, she said, an idea that has been controversial in the past.

Nielsen said DHS will launch the National Risk Management Center this year to provide “a cross-collaborative approach,” connecting government agencies and corporations. The center will be housed at DHS headquarters in Washington and will bring together industry partners to provide a “single point of access to the full range of government activities to defend against cyberthreats.”

The government and private corporations have not always cooperated smoothly on sharing threat information. Multinational companies sometimes face backlash in countries where they operate outside the U.S. because of concerns they are sharing local information with U.S. authorities. Some companies are wary of inviting too much scrutiny from the government that could lead to regulatory action or result in handing proprietary or damaging information to industry competitors.

The new risk center is meant to ease some of those fears, and provide a more effective, “crowd-sourced” response to various types of attacks, she said. That would involve taking expertise from various private sector and public cyber professionals.

Nielsen said DHS expects to launch the initiative immediately, and that the agency has also established a new elections task force to help secretaries of states across the country evaluate their security risk in advance of the November midterm elections.

DHS will also introduce a new voluntary supply chain risk management initiative, meant to enlist cybersecurity experts from companies, in cooperation with government agencies, to help hunt down specific security weaknesses.

The new initiatives represent a shift in focus from looking at individual industries to analyzing how particular threats could affect a wider swath of businesses in finance, technology, energy and supply chain. DHS is trying to avoid a single attack that creates cascading problems across these industries and will have to change existing protocols of information sharing so that there’s greater collaboration.

Nielsen’s comments echoed recent predictions from Dan Coats, head of the Office of the Department of National Intelligence, who recently warned of a “cyber-9/11.”


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It’s war: Target, eBay and other retailers pile on deals to compete ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day isn’t just about the deals on Amazon anymore. In its fourth year, the annual shopping event is now drawing the attention of rivals eBay, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and more. Coresight Research is estimating Prime Day 2018 sales should reach at minimum $3.4 billion globally, breaking another record. The fact that other retailers are starting to plan their own promotional events around Prime Day shows just how important the event has become for the industry. Amazon last year said a re


Amazon Prime Day isn’t just about the deals on Amazon anymore. In its fourth year, the annual shopping event is now drawing the attention of rivals eBay, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and more. Coresight Research is estimating Prime Day 2018 sales should reach at minimum $3.4 billion globally, breaking another record. The fact that other retailers are starting to plan their own promotional events around Prime Day shows just how important the event has become for the industry. Amazon last year said a re
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It's war: Target, eBay and other retailers pile on deals to compete ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day isn’t just about the deals on Amazon anymore.

In its fourth year, the annual shopping event is now drawing the attention of rivals eBay, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and more. It’s great news for shoppers looking to save money next week but added pressure for those companies already losing market share to the e-commerce behemoth.

Coresight Research is estimating Prime Day 2018 sales should reach at minimum $3.4 billion globally, breaking another record. If that threshold is achieved, it will make July 17 the biggest shopping day ever for Amazon in terms of revenues, ahead of Cyber Monday 2017, said Coresight CEO and Founder Deborah Weinswig.

The fact that other retailers are starting to plan their own promotional events around Prime Day shows just how important the event has become for the industry. Amazon last year said a record “tens of millions of Prime members” rang up purchases during Prime Day. With so much traffic online, other companies can’t afford to miss an opportunity to win some of those sales, especially as Amazon becomes a bigger and bigger threat.

PwC consumer markets lead Steve Barr said, “July has turned into a mini holiday shopping season” with all the activity piling on. It could one day surpass the shopping done around Black Friday or Cyber Monday.


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More Toys R Us stores went up for sale. Here’s what’s moving in

The liquidation of Toys R Us is proving to be a long and complex process. This follows an auction earlier this year, where another handful of Toys R Us locations was bid on by Target, a few real estate investment trusts, and other interested parties. CNBC has previously reported on the tough situation that many real estate owners are in with so many Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores going dark. In many instances, landlords are buying back the vacated Toys R Us boxes and will take it upon themselv


The liquidation of Toys R Us is proving to be a long and complex process. This follows an auction earlier this year, where another handful of Toys R Us locations was bid on by Target, a few real estate investment trusts, and other interested parties. CNBC has previously reported on the tough situation that many real estate owners are in with so many Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores going dark. In many instances, landlords are buying back the vacated Toys R Us boxes and will take it upon themselv
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More Toys R Us stores went up for sale. Here's what's moving in

The liquidation of Toys R Us is proving to be a long and complex process.

The toy retailer, having filed for bankruptcy protection late last year and kicking off liquidation sales around this March, is slowly selling its real estate — what amounted to more than 800 stores across the U.S.

According to court documents filed Wednesday in Virginia, another round of Toys R Us shops has been bid on, and the winners include retailers Aldi, Big Lots, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Ashley Furniture and Raymour and Flanigan. (See a complete list of the locations bid on this month, along with the winning bidders and backup bidders.)

This follows an auction earlier this year, where another handful of Toys R Us locations was bid on by Target, a few real estate investment trusts, and other interested parties.

CNBC has previously reported on the tough situation that many real estate owners are in with so many Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores going dark. Few retailers of that same size are still growing their physical footprints today. There are few logical replacements for such big stores in the market.

Some retailers, like Dick’s Sporting Goods, have said they will consider opening more stores when rents come down and they are able to get a better deal on the real estate. Other companies, including Barnes & Noble and TJ Maxx, are actively looking to reposition their stores and move into better shopping centers.

In many instances, landlords are buying back the vacated Toys R Us boxes and will take it upon themselves to find new tenants.

“I think there is going to be solid demand for these locations,” Bill Read, executive vice president of consulting group Retail Specialists, told CNBC. “Most are around successful malls with high barriers to entry, solid demographics and high incomes. The locations by ‘B’ and ‘C’ malls may take longer to sell or lease.”

“There are also a lot of people waiting on the sidelines to see how the [Toys R Us locations] price and if they can get a bargain for the real estate,” Read said.

The purchase prices of the locations recently bid on haven’t been disclosed.

Store #, Address, City, Successful Bidder, Backup Bidder

5639, 98-211 Pali Momi Street Aiea, Landlord, N/A

5654, 1445 Montebello Blvd. Montebello, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby

5683, 4460 Ontario Mills Parkway Ontario, Scandinavian Designs, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

5685, 5968 South State St. Murray, Scandinavian Designs, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

5693, 4430 Ontario Mills Parkway Ontario, Big Lots, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

5806, 8507 Bond Rd. Elk Grove, Scandinavian Designs, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

5811, 6850 Amador Plaza Road. Dublin, Mad Monk Holdings LLC, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

5822, 43756 Christy Street Fremont, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC, Landlord

6003, 270l Veteran’s Pkwy Springfield, Big Lots, N/A

6019, 3330 N.Western Ave. Chicago, Ashley Furniture, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

6033, 7309 West Towne Way Madison, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC, N/A

6034, 6449 E. State Street Rockford, Landlord, N/A

6309, 5520 Sunrise Highway Massapequa, NSC, Landlord

6324, 1851 Sunrise Highway Bayshore, Big Lots, N/A

6336, 350 Bay Chester Avenue Bronx, Burlington, Raymour & Flanigan

6429, 169 Hale Road Manchester Grand, Sakwa/ Huntington LLC, Landlord

6478, 20111 Route 19 Cranberry Township, Schottenstein, N/A

6481, 17 Route 9 South. Manalapan, Raymour & Flanigan, N/A

6502, 2601 Veterans Pkwy Springfield, Landlord, N/A

6534, 1860 Main Court Chula Vista, Landlord, Ashley Furniture

6536, 10002 Gulf Center Dr Ft. Myers, Landlord, N/A

6570, 13315 Rittenhouse Drive Midlothian, Barclay Group Venture Capital LLC, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

7040, 4600 Hardy Street Hattiesburg, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, N/A

7046, 16618 SW Frwy Sugarland, Landlord, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

7503, Northshore S/C (Rts 128/114) Peabody, Golf & Tennis, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

7504, 416 Southbridge St. Auburn, Big Lots, Ocean State Job Lot Stores

7532, 1460 Pleasant Valley Rd. Manchester, Huntington, N/A

7805, 2100 N.Town East Blvd Mesquite, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, N/A

8002, 17501 Southcenter Parkway Seattle, Landlord, N/A

8014, 2070 N Eagle Road Meridian, Landlord, N/A

8308, 2045 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, Raymour & Flanigan, Big Lots

8345, 1730 Valley Mall Road Hagerstown, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Landlord

8348, 660 Market Place Dr. Bel Air, Landlord, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

8350, 6711 Ritchie Highway Glen Burnie, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Landlord

8358, 4943 Valley View Blvd. Roanoke, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, N/A

8373, 3728 High Point Road Greensboro, Scandinavian Designs, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

8710, 4983 S. Cleveland Ave. Fort Myers, Landlord, N/A

8719, Carretera #2- KM 159.0 Mayaguez, Supermercado Mr. Special, N/A

8732, 1972 Wells Road Orange Park, KLA Auction LLC, N/A

8751, 4607 Millenia Plaza Way Orlando, Ashley Furniture, N/A

8809, 6884 GOVERNORS WEST, Huntsville, Landlord

8810, 8009 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Landlord, N/A

8819, 7171 North Davis Highway Pensacola, Landlord, N/A

8894, 1214 Bridford Parkway Greensboro, Landlord, N/A

8909, 1650 E. County Line Rd. Indianapolis, Big Lots, N/A

9009, 335 Summit Boulevard Birmingham, Landlord, N/A

9062, 12347 Seal Beach Boulevard Seal Beach, Landlord, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

9204, 1385 SOM Center Road Mayfield Heights, Aldi, N/A

9504, 2190 Wanamaker Rd. Topeka, Discovery Furniture, Landlord

9525, 6910 S. Memorial Drive Tulsa, Landlord, N/A

9537, 4401 W. Empire Sioux Falls, Scandinavian Designs, Grand Sakwa/ Huntington LLC

9541, 4441 Lemay Ferry Rd St. Louis, Landlord, N/A

9577, 1731 Belle Isle Ave Oklahoma City, Landlord, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Watch: The rise and fall of Toys R Us


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