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Bankrupt Toys R Us closing up to 182 stores, but none in Central Pa.

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Toy giant Toys R Us plans to close up to 182 stores this spring, or about 20 percent of its U.S. locations, as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

That list of closings includes eight stores in Pennsylvania, though none are in Central Pennsylvania. Those Pennsylvania stores are mostly in western Pennsylvania and near Philadelphia. There is one closing in Erie and another one in Williamsport. 

New Jersey-based Toys R Us, which filed for bankruptcy protection last fall, said it is closing so many stores because of increased competition, including growing online sales going to large companies such as Amazon.

Toys R Us said going-out-of-business sales are slated to begin in February and should be completed in April. The chain may be able to keep some stores open if it can work out more favorable lease deals with landlords.

The company also said it plans to convert some locations into combined Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, CEO Dave Brandon said in a letter to customers.

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Heinz Wüthrich January 24, 2018 11:59 pm

It's hard not to feel sad, those stores have been around for so long, and so many employees will lose their jobs. I hope they will have a decent severance package.

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Blumenversand Österreich