Wow. Usually when a retail chain closes I’m all “meh, they should have adjusted for the times” and if it’s an electronics or book chain I might hit them up mid-way through liquidation to see if there are any good deals to be had.
TRU hurts though. They didn’t become massively successful and widespread until I was a teenager (mid-late '80s), but I do remember them as a great source for bargain bin video games (literally in a giant bin in the electronics section) as a teenager and in my 20’s. Then when I had kids of my own TRU and Babies’R’Us were the SOURCE for everything kid related. Half the baby stuff we owned came from there, and the other half probably from Target. For toys there was no better source, and my kids would get all excited in early November when the Toys’R’Us wishbook would appear in the mail or the Sunday paper.
I have a basement full of Imaginext, LEGO, MegaBlox, Barbie, Fischer Price, Hasbro and other toys damn near all of which came from Toys’R’Us. So many great memories of my kids are linked to things that came from that store…seeing it close hits harder than the usual big box store closing down.