While parents are still reeling from the news that Geoffrey the Giraffe will soon be no more, there’s even more bad news, especially for parents-to-be: all Babies”R”Us stores are closing nationwide, too—on the heels of Thursday’s shocking news that all 800 Toys”R”Us stores are closing across the United States.

While representatives for Toys”R”Us did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment, the company did confirm via Twitter that all Babies”R”Us stores are closing:

According to USA Today, Toys”R”Us CEO David Brandon dropped the other bad news shoe about the closure of Babies”R”Us stores to staff at the company’s headquarters in Wayne, NJ. In a recording of the speech obtained by the The Bergen County Record, Brandon outlined the plans to retain both Babies”R”Us baby registries and its online store.

Considering Babies”R”Us is a popular baby registry for many expectant families, what does this mean for shoppers? There are no solid answers just yet, other than just a trickle of information on social media.

While details are still forthcoming about liquidation plans for both Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores (and what that means for both employees and customers) the news that one of America’s last great toy stores is closing—along with one of the country’s largest baby stores—can be a bit unsettling, especially for parents who promised themselves that they’d never grow up, because they’d be a Toys”R”Us kid.

How times have changed.

Have you been affected by Babies”R”Us and Toys”R”Us closing? Share your stories in the comments.

—Keiko Zoll

Featured image: Mike Mozart via Flickr 


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