So, for many people the news this week that Toys R Us is filing for bankruptcy and may start closing stores right after the holidays is sad, as memories of neon-pink displays of the latest action figures go the way of KayBee Toys, Radio Shack and Sizzler.
In May 2009, Toy R Us acquired the famed FAO Schwartz brand, but the company would shutter the store that year, and ultimately sold it to ThreeSixty Group, Inc.in October 2016.
The specialty toy store has struggled as it increasingly competes with online retailers in its two main businesses: baby goods and toys. "In 2006, it purchased competitor FAO Schwarz, but eventually closed its iconic NY store on Fifth Avenue, citing high costs", writes Abha Bhattarai for the Washington Post.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as principal legal counsel to Toys "R" Us, Alvarez & Marsal is serving as restructuring advisor and Lazard is serving as financial advisor.
Toys "R" Us wants to use the bankruptcy process to restructure and make the company viable over the long term.
The company has received a commitment for over three billion US dollars in debtor-in-possession financing from various lenders, including a JP Morgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the Company's existing lenders.
Toys "R" Us has been facing fierce competition from online giants, as well as discount stores.
Going forward, it will be business as usual the company said, at least for customers and post-filing vendors, now that it has received commitments for over $3 billion in new financing that will help keep the doors, website and accounts payable department open. Mattel and Hasbro, for example, saw their share values dip greatly as one of the most popular toy retail stores announced this exploration.
Mark Lee, an associate professor at Ted Rogers School of Retail Management at Ryerson University, added that Toys "R" Us needs to move beyond having expensive toys lined up along store aisles.
Its operations outside of the USA and Canada, including its approximately 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnership in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the filings.
The company faces US$400 million in debt payment, which falls due in 2018, and was burning through its cash. Same-store sales have fallen for three straight quarters. As of now, there has been no announcement that any stores will close.
Lee explained that while a decade ago children were playing with traditional toys, the store needs to adapt to the "new kids on the block" that would rather buy electronics.
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