The US operation of Toys R Us is facing closure as the CEO organization through its industry Analyst has revealed on January this 2018, that its 740 stores in the US will either be sold off or closed down. This will not only break the chain of patronage from parents and kids that have existed over the years, but it will also financially displace about 30,000 people who currently work for the firm.
Though the analyst further expressed that there was the possibility that their Canadian base operation will run some of the stores in the country, this statement remains a probability.
In the coming months, according to the words of the CEO the 740 shops owned by Toy R US, will initiate a permanent shutdown. This reality will affirm the conclusion of the generational kid’s store, and the fact that the firm has finally given in to the immense debt weight they have been fighting off these years. Also, it will further explain why the firm undercut from its online shopping store to mobile game production.
How management intends to close down the firm
A meeting held on Wednesday between Toy R Us CEO, David Brandon and his employees, disclosed via an audio recording that the organization plans to liquidate all their holdings in the US. Furthermore, he expressed that the firm will continue to operate its Canadian stores as much as it could and keep the US online store running for some weeks till they could get a buyer for their US stores.
In regard to the other branches the firm has around the world, the management revealed that it was possible to see in the nearest future, shops in Spain, Poland, Australia, and France shutting down. Brandon further expressed that as at the moment of their discussion, plans to terminate their businesses in the United Kingdom has already taken effect, and at the end of the day, they only intend to hold onto their shops in Canada, Japan, and Europe because these are areas they can possibly find buyers for their assets.
The liquidation process
The CEO of the established kids sore, Brandon stated in the recording that the necessary steps to be taken had been observed; hence, the firm will be filing its liquidation papers in court, and its bankruptcy hearing will proceed on Thursday.
Brandon further disclosed to his workers that the company’s administration had done everything possible in its power to see if the gloomy event now upon them could be averted. However, due to the negative stories about the firm promoted by the media, vendors, and customers who are the key to help change the tides were scared of investing their quota to the company’s success, hence the current predicament.
When the New Jersey company was contacted to confirm the unfolding events, those contacted held their peace and declined comments in that regard.
The major people to get hurt by Toy R Us chain Closure
The children store firm suffered a massive debt of $5 billion last year; this made the firm lose its footing in the race to compete with the likes of Amazon and Walmart. During this time, the company filed for Bankruptcy protection.
To hold onto the trust of its lenders, workers, and buyers, the firm’s management promised that the firm would remain in the market space to provide parents and kids the products they love. However, the significant decline in sales that it experienced during the Christmas season has put a halt to that hope.
Brandon explained that the reason for that ugly reality was the nervous vendors and customers who took their businesses to other retail stores like Amazon, and this return in sales discouraged lenders as they couldn’t determine if their further investment would be rewarding. Hence, the reason the firm announced in January that about 180 shops under their chain would be shut down in the coming months.
While it is certain that the 60,000 workers of the organization are likely to suffer great losses, another group of people involved in the company’s success will be nursing their injuries too. We are referring to big toy makers like Hasbro and Mattel, who’s primary toy customer is the soon-to-be-defunct Toy “R” Us.
Other people who will take the liquidation blow harder are the smaller toy manufacturers who depend mostly on the Toy firm for their profit. This occurrence is regardless of the steps some of these toy producers to diversify their place of earning.
Another group which has been wounded by the recent ordeal is the firm. From the shift to mobile game production which took up more play time, to the steep decline in sales over the Christmas holidays, all encouraged the final decision to close down the US, old, Toy retail chain.
The chief editor of TTPM.com, a toy Review site, Jim Silver blames the firm’s administration body for its woes. According to him, they should have done more to let the public and their customers know that they were only reorganizing and not going out of business. The lack of clarity led to the misconception by customers, which led them to find other business stores where they could return gifts.