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Toys R Us retrenches again, shutters its last 2 US stores

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Posted at 10:12 PM, Jan 29, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is retrenching once again.

The only two Toys R Us stores that opened in November 2019 as part of a small U.S. comeback attempt by the iconic toy chain have now closed.

The Toys R Us store at the Galleria mall in Houston shuttered on Jan. 15, while the one at New Jersey's Garden State Plaza closed Tuesday. That's according to Tru Kids, a new entity formed when it acquired Toys R Us’ intellectual property during the iconic chain's liquidation in 2018.

The company says it is looking at new options for reopening but declined to offer specifics.

The stores were smaller than previous locations. The smaller stores were to emphasize the latest, most popular toy products and brands, Toys 'R' Us said. Toys 'R' Us officials called the two locations "experimental."