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Toys ‘R’ Us, Back From the Dead, Will Open U.S. Stores in 2019

By Bloomberg

Maybe American kids will only have to live through one Christmas without Toys “R” UsRead full story

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  • I met the entrepreneurs who do some of the consignment model that the article points out that reduces inventory and logistics costs. I worked retail as a young 24 year old Target GM so I learned a lot about brick n'mortar retail stores. The article doesn't share this but after Toys 'R' Us closed down

    I met the entrepreneurs who do some of the consignment model that the article points out that reduces inventory and logistics costs. I worked retail as a young 24 year old Target GM so I learned a lot about brick n'mortar retail stores. The article doesn't share this but after Toys 'R' Us closed down in the USA, it's Europe division continued doing business, making hundreds of millions in revenue per year.

    So yes, they are back, the bankruptcy cleaned up the liabilities/debt in the USA and with a new, more efficient cost structure and operating business model—I can see a cool comeback to the USA!

    Retail isn't dying, bad cost structures, inefficient technology and logistics, and old business models are dying. Another cool trend, Gen Z and younger are part of resurgent mall activity because that's where they like to hang out.

  • Heavy on e-commerce?

    Smaller retail footprints??

    Experiences like play areas in stores???

    Welcome back, Toys "R" Us!

    (On a related note, why on earth didn't its original private equity owners push towards this move??)

  • Sure, the chain faces competition with Target and Walmart but you can't beat a store of *only* toys. I wonder if this new format will create similar and just as special memories I had, along with my Toys "R" Us generation, from toy shopping growing up. But looking through their eyes, there will be a

    Sure, the chain faces competition with Target and Walmart but you can't beat a store of *only* toys. I wonder if this new format will create similar and just as special memories I had, along with my Toys "R" Us generation, from toy shopping growing up. But looking through their eyes, there will be a new wave of Toys "R" Us kids with their own version of appreciation of this format.

  • My wife worked for them for 11 years! Christmas 2017 the top echelon received HUGE bonuses KNOWING the company was headed out!! Yet the workers got squat!!!

    I won't shop with them ever again!!!

    The workers had to fight for months for severance pay yet the COs received their humungous bonuses!!

    They

    My wife worked for them for 11 years! Christmas 2017 the top echelon received HUGE bonuses KNOWING the company was headed out!! Yet the workers got squat!!!

    I won't shop with them ever again!!!

    The workers had to fight for months for severance pay yet the COs received their humungous bonuses!!

    They probably made out big time due to the bankruptcy and close outside! And now they're back!!!

  • Kind of sad when they closed

  • While there is definitely a place in the market for toysRus, the execution prowess was definitely something that made investors wary. A much better set of best practices, governance framework and operational transparency would go a long way with the branding this time around.

  • Really a good news story from Bloomberg great reporting. This country could use a stand alone store chain for the children. It's great to see the play area included.

  • Toys ‘R’ Us faced the same terrifying reality than many retailers are facing: How do I reimagine the retail experience I’m delivering to my customers, and how do I pay for redelivering a new one in time - before the market leaves me in its wake?

    In Toys’ case it was saddled with over 800 stores of 30,000

    Toys ‘R’ Us faced the same terrifying reality than many retailers are facing: How do I reimagine the retail experience I’m delivering to my customers, and how do I pay for redelivering a new one in time - before the market leaves me in its wake?

    In Toys’ case it was saddled with over 800 stores of 30,000 sq ft each. If the new owner is correct and a much smaller store is the biggest part of the answer, I suspect Toys had neither the time nor the money to have unwound the leases on all those stores - while at the same time paying to build 800 smaller ones.

    And even the new owner may be wrong - a smaller store wouldn’t have saved Blockbuster . . . .

  • Good comeback.

  • Interesting

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