School Closings And Delays

Toys ‘R’ Us Closing More Than 180 Stores, Includes Williamsport Location

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NEW YORK — Toys “R” Us is planning to shutter a fifth of its U.S. stores.

The troubled retailer, which declared bankruptcy in September, is looking to close down as many as 182 outlets across the country, including one in Williamsport, according to a court filing late Tuesday.

Over nearly seven decades in business, Toys “R” Us has built up 1,600 stores around the world. About 880 of them are in the U.S.

The filing Tuesday by the company’s lawyers said the decision to shut so many stores was prompted by increased competition and a shift by customers toward online shopping.

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The planned closures, which need court approval, are expected to begin early next month and be mostly completed by the end of April, Toys “R” Us CEO Dave Brandon said in a message to customers posted on the company’s website.

“The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company,” he said.

Several other stores will be converted into co-branded Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us outlets, Brandon added.

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Toys “R” Us stores outside the U.S. are unaffected.

Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us Canada, said in a statement that all 83 locations there would continue operating as usual.

The news comes after a brutal year for retailers in the U.S. in which store closings more than tripled from the previous year to nearly 7,000 closings, setting a record. There was also an increase in the number of store openings, as more successful retailers moved into vacated locations. But the year marked the first time since the Great Recession of 2009 that there was an absolute decrease in the number of U.S. stores, according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail industry think tank.

Much of the problem in traditional brick-and-mortar stores was because of a shift by consumers to buying more goods online. Foot traffic in stores fell 8% last year, according to Fung.

But the problems at Toys “R” Us predate the growth of online shopping. It suffered from fierce competition and lost market share to fellow big box retailers like Walmart and Target. It has lost nearly $2.5 billion since its last reported an annual profit five years ago, which has left it reeling under $5 billion in debt.

Unlike other retailers that have been steadily closing unprofitable locations, Toys “R” Us continued to add stores right up until recently. It had 1,691 company owned stores as of a year ago, up from 1,622 a year earlier. Still the store closings announcement was not a surprise. CEO Dave Brandon said in December that the company was studying the question of whether to close stores. The bankruptcy process makes it less costly for retailers to break lease on unprofitable locations.

The company’s same-store sales fell 4.4% in the quarter ended October, with its U.S. stores experiencing a sharper drop of 7%. The toy industry at large is also facing headwinds, with key manufacturers like Lego and Mattel struggling with declining sales.

Here is the list of stores on the Toys “R” Us closing list, according to USA Today:


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

St. Petersburg 1900 Tyrone Blvd. FL

Tampa 3908 West Hillsborough Avenue FL

Orange Park 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd FL

Altamonte Spring 708 West State Rd 436 FL

Boca Raton 21697 State Road # 7 FL

Port St. Lucie 10732 SW Village Pkwy FL

Royal Palm Beach450 South SR 7 FL

Kissimmee 2601 W.Osceola Parkway FL

Coral Springs 6001 West Sample Road FL

Kissimmee 3214 N John Young Pkwy. FL


Albany 2601 Dawson Rd. GA

Smyrna 2955 Cobb Parkway GA

Alpharetta 6380 No. Point Parkway GA

Dunwoody 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy GA

Douglasville 6875 Douglas Boulevard GA

Conyers 8160 Mall Parkway GA

Newnan 221 Newnan Crossing Bypass GA

Fayetteville 132 Pavilion Parkway GA


Indianapolis 3928 E 82nd Street IN

Greenwood 8800 US 31 South IN


S. Des Moines 1211 E. Army Post Rd. IA

Des Moines 8801 University Ave IA


Highland Park 1610 Deerfield Rd. IL

Schaumburg 16 East Golf Road IL

Vernon Hills 295 Center Drive IL

Matteson 5001 Lincoln Highway IL

Bricktown 6420 W. Fullerton IL

Burbank 7750 South Cicero Avenue IL

Niles 5660 Touhy Avenue IL


Wichita 4646 W. Kellogg KS

Overland Park 8500 W 135th ST KS


St. Mathews 4900 Shelbyville Rd KY

Simpsonville 1155 Buck Creek Rd. KY

Lexington 1965 Star Shoot Parkway KY


Slidell 137 Northshore Blvd. LA


Muskegon 5363 Harvey Street MI

Traverse City 2620 Crossing Circle MI

Lansing 5900 W. Saginaw Highway MI

Grand Rapids 4923 28th Street South East MI

Ann Arbor 3725 Carpenter Road MI

Ann Arbor 3725 Washtenaw MI


Minnetonka 14100 Wayzata Blvd. MN

Blaine 170 89th Ave. MN

Woodbury 8236 Tamarack Village MN

Richfield 900 West 78th Street South MN


Meridian 1003 Bonita Lakes Circle

Bass Pro Dr. MS


Columbia 1901 Bernadette MO

Cape Girardeau 201 Silver Springs Rd. MO

Bridgeton 5590 St. Louis Mills Blvd MO

Chesterfield 220 THF Blvd MO


Omaha 3505 S. 140th Plaza NE


Las Vegas 2150 North Rainbow Blvd. NV

Spring Valley 7020 Arroyo Crossing Parkway NV

Albuquerque 45 Hotel Circle NM


Asheville 801 Fairview Road NC

Durham 7001 Fayetteville Road NC

Durham 3300 Westgate Drive NC


Bangor 6 Bangor Mall Blvd. ME

Portland 200 Running Hill Road ME


Clinton 8401 Mike Shapiro Drive MD


Dedham 302 Providence MA

Millbury 70 Worcester Providence Tpk/Rt 146 MA

Holyoke 50 Holyoke Street MA

Bellingham 217 Hartford Ave. MA

Northborough 6110 Shops Way MA

Framingham Shoppers World Plaza,1 Worcester Ro MA


Nashua 29 Gusabel Avenue NH


Phillipsburg 1280 Rt. 22 & St. James Ave. NJ

Eatontown 137 Route 35 NJ

Bridgewater 100 Promenade Blvd. NJ

Union 2700 Route 22 East. NJ

North Brunswick 909 US Hwy 1 South. NJ

Burlington Rt. 541 & Cadillac Road NJ

Cherry Hill 2135 Route 38 NJ

Wayne 7 Wayne Hills Mall NJ

Paramus 545 Route 17 South NJ

East Hanover 98 Route 10 West. NJ

Elizabeth-KidsWo 900 Center Drive NJ

Mt. Olive 50 International Drive South. NJ


College Point 139-19 20th Ave NY

Union Square 24-30 Union Square E NY

Sayville 5181 Sunrise Hwy NY

Massapequa 5214 Sunrise Hwy NY

Henrietta 2335 Marketplace Drive NY

Amherst 1569 Niagara Falls Blvd NY

Kingston 401 Frank Sottile Boulevard NY

Glens Falls 708 Upper Glen St. NY

Latham 221 Wade Road Extension NY

Yonkers 2700 Central Park Ave NY

Middle Village 66 Metropolitan Ave. NY

Westbury 1350 Corporate Drive. NY

Commack 108 Veterans Memorial Highway NY

Williamsport 461 Lycoming Mall Cir

Greece 1530 Ridge Rd. West NY


Western Hills 6251 Glenway Ave. OH

Dayton 2661 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. OH

Mentor 7841 Mentor Ave OH

Dublin 3610 West Dublin-Granville Rd. OH


Oklahoma City 1119 SE 66th St. OK

Fort Smith 5609-E Rogers Ave OK

Norman 560 Ed Noble Pkwy. OK


461 Lycoming Mall Circle, Williamsport, PA

Horsham 100 Welsh Road PA

Erie 6680 Peach St. PA

Monroeville 3700 William Penn Highway PA

Exton 104 Bartlett Ave. PA

Ross Park Mall 2003 Cheryl Dr. PA

Washington 301 Oakspring Road PA

Beaver Valley Route 18/Valley View Dr. PA


Warwick 300 Quaker Lane


Columbia 254 Harbison Boulevard SC


Rapid City 450 E. Disk Drive SD


Memphis 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. TN

Nashville 5731 Nolensville Rd TN


West El Paso 801 Mesa Hills Dr. TX

Katy 9730 Katy Freeway TX

Allen 170 E. Stacy Road TX

Irving 7730 N. MacArthur Blvd TX

Lewisville 420 E. Round Grove Rd TX

Dallas Galleria 13710 Dallas Parkway TX

Hurst 1309 W. Pipeline Rd TX

Hulen 5800 Overton Ridge Blvd TX


Ogden 4042 Riverdale Rd. UT

Midvale 1122 Fort Union Boulevard UT


Potomac Mills 14173 Crossing Place VA

Newport News 12153 Jefferson Ave. VA


Silverdale 3567 N.W. Randall Way WA

Everett 1325A S.E. Everett Mall Parkway WA

Spokane 6104 N. Division Street WA


Brookfield 18550 W. Bluemound Rd. WI

Madison 2161 Zeier Road WI



  • Make Me Safe

    this franchise was a scam from the gate. i remember when they first broke onto the scene and everyone thought it was the greatest place in the world. kids dont need that many toys and they’re all plastic made in china and all full of lead.

    • Taco Salad

      Also under PA.
      They left off the Michigan header.
      Duplicated the Ohio listing.
      Article says 182 stores and later says 83.

      Either ToysRUs’ press release was a hot mess, or WNEP is having take your child to work day- and letting then write copy.

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