Stores will begin shutting down as early as next month
HOLYOKE, Mass.(WWLP) – Babies “R” Us at the Holyoke Mall is one of six locations in Massachusetts, and 180 stores around the country that will close by April.
Bloomberg reported last month that Toys “R” Us sales sank 15 percent this past holiday season.
Toys “R” Us made the decision as a result of fierce competition from Walmart, and from online giant Amazon. Toys “R” Us is $5 billion in debt.
One Springfield resident who just had a son told 22News Babies “R” Us helped him get everything he needed for his child.
‘When it came to buying him stuff, I didn’t know what to buy or what to do,” Raymond Estrada said. “Going into Babies “R” Us I went in and talked to someone, I just had a kid I didn’t know what I needed and they helped me out so it’s sad to see they’re closing.”
“People are going to miss that store a lot, I’ll tell you that,” Monserate Vega said. “A lot of women need that store for clothes and everything I’m very sorry that’s going to happen.”
Toys “R” Us CEO Dave Brandon said, as part of the bankruptcy process, remaining Toys R Us stores will consolidate with Babies “R” Us outlets.
The planned closures will need approval from the bankruptcy court, and stores will begin shutting down as early as next month.
Toys ‘R’ Us to close 6 Massachusetts stores, including Holyoke Mall Babies ‘R’ Us, as part of bankruptcy restructuring
Shoppers walk into a Toys R Us store, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in San Antonio. Toys R Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. and will close the Holyoke Babies R’ Us.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
HOLYOKE — Toys ‘R’ Us will soon close its Babies ‘R’ Us location in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, according to bankruptcy court papers filed Wednesday.
The store is one of six in Massachusetts and 180 across the country to be closed. The other Springfield-area location is a Toys ‘R’ Us on Boston Road, which will remain open.
Store closures will begin in February and continue through April, the company said.
Also on the chopping block in Massachusetts are Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us locations in locations in Dedham, Millbury, Bellingham, Northborough and Framingham.
Toys ‘R’ Us, like many retailers, has been hit hard by the shift to online shopping like Amazon.
The New Jersey-based chain is not closing everything and liquidating. But instead it filed for federal bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy law. This gives the company time, buying it protection from its creditors while it reorganizes and shrinks into a profitable company.
A full list of slated closures is below:
Tuscaloosa 2600 McFarland Blvd. East AL
Birmingham 335 Summit Boulevard, AL
Yuma 801 W. 32nd Street AZ
Paradise Valley 12801 North Tatum Blvd. AZ
Scottsdale 9139 Indian Bend Rd. AZ
Tucson 4619 N. Oracle Rd AZ
Scottsdale 7000 E. Mayo Blvd AZ
Mesa US 60 and Signal Butte Rd AZ
Little Rock 2616 S. Shackleford Rd AR
Indio 42500 Jackson St. CA
Simi Valley 1189 Simi Town Ctr Way CA
Santa Clarita 26573 Carl Boyer Dr. CA
Covina 960 Lakes Drive CA
Puente Hills 1600 S. Azusa Ave. CA
Brea 2575 E. Imperial Highway CA
Westminster 530 Westminster Mall CA
Torrance 20120 Hawthorne Blvd. CA
Riverside 2550 Canyon Springs Pkwy S. CA
Yuba City 700 “A” Onstott Rd. CA
Folsom 2785 E. Bidwell St. CA
Pinole 1330 Fitzgerald CA
Pittsburg 4505 Century Blvd. CA
San Rafael 600 Francisco Blvd. CA
Brentwood 5461 Lone Tree Way CA
Fairfield 1400 Gateway Blvd CA
Emeryville 3938 Horton CA
E. San Jose 2179 Monterey Hwy CA
San Jose / Almade865 Blossom Hill Road CA
Fresno 3520 W. Shaw Ave. CA
Union City 31250 Court House Drive CA
Stockton 10640 Trinity Pkwy CA
Santa Ana 3900 Bristol Street CA
Corona 3665 Grand Oaks CA
Mission Bay 1240 W. Morena Blvd. CA
Mira Mesa 8181 Mira Mesa Blvd. CA
Vista 1990 University Drive CA
Aurora 1150 S. Ironton CO
North Haven 376 North Universal Drive CT
Waterbury 275 Union St. CT
Newington 3491 Berlin Turnpike CT
Manchester 169 Hale Road CT
Dover 1061 N. Dupont Highway DE
Tallahassee 1625 Apalachee Pkwy. FL
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