‘Never forgotten:’ Alaska’s sole Toys ‘R’ Us shutters its doors
Alaska’s single largest toy store is no more, after a month-long liquidation sale.
A sign posted at the Toys “R” Us store on King Street off Dimond Boulevard announced its final closure, as the national toy-store chain shuts down its final stores.
A cherry-picker truck crew was removing a banner advertising its closure sale shortly before the doors closed for the last time at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The store had survived a January round of 180 U.S. store closures, but a bankruptcy filing for the chain proved fatal.
A sign posted in the window thanked employees, promising that they would be “never forgotten.”
Inside the store, just a few people gathered to examine a single shelf containing the nearly 58,000-square-foot location’s remaining goods for sale.
When a former Toys “R” Us kid KTVA reporter asked about the price of the single toylike item still on hand – a guide for the video game Ghost Recon: Wildlands, originally priced at $24.99 – a clerk replied, “One cent – but you’ll have to pay credit, since we can’t accept cash.”
When the reporter reached for his wallet, she laughed: “Actually, just take it. No charge!”
The remaining 200 Toys “R” Us stores have variable closure dates this week, but CNN reports that all are set to close by Friday.
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