Goodbye, Geoffrey: Toys R Us closing its last stores

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A new post from the Toys "R" Us Facebook page is teasing that the brand isn't quite done yet, a post that reads "Stay tuned here for news and information on the next chapter for Geoffrey and the iconic Toys "R" Us brands".

Toys R Us is closing its last USA stores Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores, brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. Promise us just this one thing: Don't ever grow up.

The photo of a sullen Geoffrey the Giraffe was taken by Rene Johnpiere, believed to be an employee at a Toys "R" Us in Waterbury, Connecticut.

After declaring bankruptcy in September, the chain in March sought a bankruptcy court's approval to start closing its 735 US stores, with severance payments coming to a halt during the liquidation. She also guessed Amazon may have bought the toys. We chose to visit the icon toy store one last time before it closed its doors forever.

People have turned to social media to express their sadness.

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A mysterious man purchased $1 million worth of toys at a Toys R Us and donated them to children.

"I think Geoffrey the Giraffe signifies fun and childhood memories", a zoo representative told CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS. At least Geoffrey has some career options in case he wants to become a Superstar.

Geoffrey has acted as the chain's logo and "spokesanimal" for the past 70 years.

In the UK, Toys R Us shut its final locations in April, but watching the animal waving goodbye really marks an end of an era.

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