The toy store chain announced in March they would be closing down and the few remaining stores are closing for good this week. Decked out in a shirt, sunglasses and a hat, the giraffe waves goodbye at the camera as it prepares to depart with its green luggage.
Since Wednesday, a photo taken by a Toys "R" Us employee of Geoffrey the Giraffe carrying a suitcase in what appeared to be an empty Toys "R" Us store has gone viral on Facebook, echoed with thousands of sentimental comments.
Even as stores enter their final days of the liquidation sale, toy expert Jim Silver, the founder and editor in chief of popular toy review website TTPM.com, isn't convinced that the Toys R Us story is over. It has been shared nearly 300,000 times since. The store closings came after the steady decline in sales when e-commerce became the new shopping trend.
She has also shared nostalgic Toys "R" Us commercials from the '80s and '90s to commemorate the end of the company. The 900-store retail chain will also expand its online toy assortments, Harrison added. The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe that greeted visitors at Toys R Us headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey will be moved to a children's hospital in the state.
On Thursday, it was revealed that employees are fighting for their severance pay while executives are being paid bonuses. Employees at the Boynton Beach, Florida, store made their frustrations known by hanging signs around the store and protesting outside, WPTV reported.
"I'm sad", Tina Ohemenj said.
Forbes, who started with the company in 1987, said she would continue to work until her store in Phoenix, Arizona, closes for good this week.
So, it would seem those discussions have progressed far enough for Toys "R" Us to some hope to fans through that initial post.