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Local Toys ‘R’ Us stores announce closing date; Ohio to lose 1,178 jobs

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Beavercreek Toys “R” Us sales associate Devin Algren stocked the game shelves in preparation of the holiday shopping season in 2012. Staff photo by Jim Witmer
Beavercreek Toys “R” Us sales associate Devin Algren stocked the game shelves in preparation of the holiday shopping season in 2012. Staff photo by Jim Witmer

Ohio will lose 1,178 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us jobs across the state, according to a recent notice sent to state government.

Some stores closed last month, said a letter sent last month from Toys “R” Us Inc. human resources to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The letter was made public on the department WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice) web site Wednesday afternoon.

Affected are stores in Miamisburg (which will have 37 jobs on closure), Beavercreek (42 jobs), and elsewhere across the state, the letter said.

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The Toys “R” Us store at 2859 Miamisburg-Centerville Road will close June 30, the same date set for the closure of the store at 2500 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.

Other affected stores are in Columbus, Cincinnati, Lima, Toledo and beyond.

The end of the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us chains in the U.S. has been in sight for months. Liquidation sales at some of the closing stores began back in early February.

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The nation’s largest toy store retailer received court approval to move forward with its plans to shutter some 180 stores across its Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide. But the company has plans to shutter all of its 740 U.S. locations.

The parent company voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in September 2017. Toys “R” Us Inc. was $5 billion in debt, as of April 2017

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