End of an era: Toys 'R' Us stores close for good

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In March, Toys "R" Us announced its plans to start liquidation nationwide.

A heartbreaking photo of the beloved character standing amidst empty shelves with a bright green roller bag has gone viral on social media as former Toys "R" Us kids - majority now adults - mourn the demise of the toy kingdom.

The company, which was in business for 70 years, filed for bankruptcy late last year and was unable to turn its financial difficulties around.

Pouring salt on the wounds of nostalgic millennials further, a photo of mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe wheeling a small suitcase out of an empty Toys R Us store went viral this week - a vivid illustration of what has become a sad story about American industry.

More than 700 Toys "R" Us stores are shuttering in the United States.

However, shoppers who were hoping to secure a bargain on the final day of trading in Raleigh were left disappointed, as the mysterious buyer got there ahead of them.

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This seems to be linked to recent rumors of a Toys "R" Us reboot in the works, which surfaced from a Bloomberg report.

People have turned to social media to express their sadness.

Patty Van Fossan, a long-time employee from OH said of the closure: 'I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us. Days before filing for bankruptcy, Toys "R" Us executives drew millions in bonuses, a scenario that didn't sit well with rank-and-file workers.

Troubles for Toys R Us have also shaken big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro.

"I think Geoffrey the Giraffe signifies fun and childhood memories", a zoo representative told CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS.

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