• Toys R Us will be closing or selling all 735 of its US stores after filing to liquidate last week.
  • Back in late January, the company announced plans to close just 170 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores.
  • We went to a Toys R Us store in Yonkers, New York, that was part of the initial round of store closings. Overall, the store was a sad vision of what’s to come as Toys R Us closes locations.

Toys R Us will be closing or selling all of its US stores after filing a motion to liquidate its US business on March 15. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September.

In January, the company announced plans to close just 170 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, many of which have already started going-out-of-business clearance sales.

Toys R Us’ liquidation includes a plan to close or sell all 735 of its remaining stores, but sales at these additional stores aren’t set to begin until Thursday in at least some locations.

To see what a Toys R Us store looks like in the midst of the company’s demise, we visited a Yonkers, New York location that was part of the initial round of Toys R Us closures. This is what we found:

The Toys R Us I went to in Yonkers, New York, was on the list of store closures that were announced in January. It will close imminently.
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When I first walked in, there were no obvious signs that it would be closing soon. Everything looked well-stocked, and we didn't see any clearance tags at first.
Business Insider/Jessica Tyler
As I continued walking through the store, I realized how wrong my first impression was. The shelves only looked stocked because everything was spread out and pushed to the front. There were small sale signs next to nearly every item.
Business Insider/Jessica Tyler
It seemed as if the empty shelves were strategically hidden behind the larger displays up front.
Business Insider/Jessica Tyler
Nearly everything was marked as sale or clearance, and half the shelves were empty.