DALLAS, TX — Toys R Us could soon be a thing of the past — at least for a few North Texas communities. That’s right, five of the 183 nationwide Toys R Us store closures will be right here in North Texas, including a store in the Dallas Galleria Mall.
This announcement isn’t all bad news for shoppers, as going-out-of-business sales will kick off at these locations in February. Here’s the North Texas stores affected by the closures:
170 E. Stacy Road, Allen TX7730 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving TX420 E. Round Grove Rd., Lewisville TX13710 Dallas Parkway, Dallas Galleria TX1309 W. Pipeline Rd., Hurst TX
According to a CNBC report, a number of the retailer’s remaining locations will be co-branded as Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. The closure and rebranding announcement comes about four months after the chain filed for bankruptcy protection.
David Brandon, chairman and CEO of the toy retailer, said the brand is reinventing itself, a decision he described as "tough."
"The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus," Brandon said in a letter posted on the company’s website late Tuesday.
In full, eight Toys R Us stores across Texas will close. The list of closures includes stores in Houston and El Paso as well.
In full, about 20 percent of the chain’s 880 nationwide stores will close.
Photo by Daniel Hubbard, Patch staff
Patch editor Don Johnson contributed to this report