The Babies R Us store on Central Sarasota Parkway in Sarasota will close its doors for good by the end of January, employees say. The Toys R Us store at 1381 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte will also close after Christmas. Liquidation sales will begin the day after Christmas.
The most aggressive expansion plans for 2013 are in China, according to a news release, where 22 new stores are scheduled to open this year. The first store opened in Beijing last year. By the end of 2010, Toys R Us plans to operate 51 stores in 27 cities throughout China.
In the U.S., Toys R Us plans to open 19 new, converted or relocated stores this year, including nine outlet stores. This is the largest number of outlet stores the company has opened in a single year since 2010, which will bring the total number of Toys R Us outlet locations to 25 nationwide.
Starting in September, Toys R Us will sell American Girl's new line of $60 WellieWisher dolls at all of its 870 U.S. stores. A month later, Toys R Us will open American Girl shops within about 100 of its stores. Those shops will sell the WellieWisher line and American Girl's signature Truly Me dolls, which cost more than $100.
Toys R Us Plush 7 inch Bear with "It's A Boy" T Shirt