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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Nostalgia hasn’t translated into dollars in Toys R Us effort

Nostalgia hasn’t translated into dollars in a long-shot effort to crowdfund a future for Toys R Us. The liquidation of Toys R Us “is going to have a long-term effect on the toy business,” he said. The planned liquidation would have a bigger impact on smaller toy companies that had relied on the chain more heavily. MGA Entertainment, which also produces the Bratz dolls and Little Tikes and is based in Van Nuys, California, has nearly 1 in every 5 sales of its products rung up at a Toys R Us store


Nostalgia hasn’t translated into dollars in a long-shot effort to crowdfund a future for Toys R Us. The liquidation of Toys R Us “is going to have a long-term effect on the toy business,” he said. The planned liquidation would have a bigger impact on smaller toy companies that had relied on the chain more heavily. MGA Entertainment, which also produces the Bratz dolls and Little Tikes and is based in Van Nuys, California, has nearly 1 in every 5 sales of its products rung up at a Toys R Us store
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Nostalgia hasn't translated into dollars in Toys R Us effort

Nostalgia hasn’t translated into dollars in a long-shot effort to crowdfund a future for Toys R Us. Neither did efforts to recruit other toy makers.

A campaign led by a billionaire toy executive who pledged $200 million with other investors in hopes of saving part of the bankrupt chain has foundered, with only $59,000 more raised in three weeks. That includes three pledges of $1,000 each, about two dozen of $101 to $500, and the rest for smaller amounts.

Isaac Larian, CEO of privately held MGA Enterprises that makes the popular LOL Surprise dolls, said other toy companies initially were interested in joining the effort but backed down. Larian, who had said he would use his own money for the bid, called it disappointing and said they were public companies thinking about the short term. But he said Thursday he still plans to formally submit a bid for more than 300 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The liquidation of Toys R Us “is going to have a long-term effect on the toy business,” he said. “The toy industry is going to suffer.” The company’s trouble has already shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro. The planned liquidation would have a bigger impact on smaller toy companies that had relied on the chain more heavily.

Bob Wann, the CEO of private toy company PlayMonster and chairman of the Toy Industry Association trade group, expects a flurry of acquisitions of toy companies but says the industry will be able to regain any lost sales in the next few years.

The Toys R Us effort was a long shot to start with, as Larian touted plans to try to save 400 U.S. stores, or more than half of those set to liquidate in the coming weeks. Larian told The Associated Press he still plans to submit to the bankruptcy court on Friday a formal bid of $675 million to buy 274 Toys R Us stores and use the brand name. The money will come from his own coffers, other investors and bank financing. He, along with other investors, also plans to bid $250 million for the Canadian business of 82 stores.

MGA Entertainment, which also produces the Bratz dolls and Little Tikes and is based in Van Nuys, California, has nearly 1 in every 5 sales of its products rung up at a Toys R Us store.

The liquidation of Toys R Us, which threatens more than 30,000 jobs, would be the end of a company burdened with $5 billion in debt and hurt by shifting currents including online shopping. A hearing at U.S. bankruptcy court in Virginia was scheduled Thursday afternoon.


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Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94, as toy empire liquidates

Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us, has died at the age of 94, according to a company spokeswoman. Toys R Us issued the following statement:There have been many sad moments for Toys”R” Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. A 25-year-old Lazarus opened Children’s Bargain Town in 1948 and began selling baby furniture in Washington, D.C. The store gradually ventured into selling toys, and Lazarus opened th


Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us, has died at the age of 94, according to a company spokeswoman. Toys R Us issued the following statement:There have been many sad moments for Toys”R” Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. A 25-year-old Lazarus opened Children’s Bargain Town in 1948 and began selling baby furniture in Washington, D.C. The store gradually ventured into selling toys, and Lazarus opened th
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Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94, as toy empire liquidates

Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us, has died at the age of 94, according to a company spokeswoman. Toys R Us issued the following statement:

There have been many sad moments for Toys”R” Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. He visited us in New Jersey just last year and we will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles’ family and loved ones.

A 25-year-old Lazarus opened Children’s Bargain Town in 1948 and began selling baby furniture in Washington, D.C. The store gradually ventured into selling toys, and Lazarus opened the first Toys R Us in 1957.

Lazarus chose the iconic backward “R” to mimic the handwriting of children.

Lazarus took the company public in 1978 and built a brand that left an impression on generations of “Toys R Us kids.” Lazarus stepped away as chairman and CEO in 1994.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-03-22  Authors: james thorne, jacques m chenet, corbis, getty images
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