This auction would have included selling off the Toys R Us brand, the Babies R Us brand, Geoffrey the Giraffe, registry lists, and website domains, along with the rest of the company’s assets. Instead, a group of investors plans to revive the beloved retailer.
The group wants to create a “company that maintains existing global license agreements and can invest in and create new, domestic, retail operating businesses under the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us names”.
Toys R Us closed its last store in late June. The company had filed for bankruptcy in September of 2017 and reportedly “faced $400 million in debt”. Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon put out an official statement on the closings, saying:
“There are many people and organizations who have remained in our corner every step along the way, I want to thank our extraordinary team members who helped build Toys R Us into a global brand. I also want to express my appreciation for my colleagues on our board who have continued to provide support to sustain the brand and our operations throughout the restructuring process. I would also like to thank our vendors who we owe a great deal of gratitude to for their decades of support. This is a profoundly sad day for us as well as the millions of kids and families who we have served for the past 70 years.”
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