Citrus Plaza Toys “R” Us customers react to news of all stores closing

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Toys “R” Us is closing its doors for good. The iconic 70-year-old toy store is liquidating all inventory in more than 800 stores.

With many kids on spring break this week, many showed up to the Toys “R” Us located in Citrus Plaza.

Nine-year-old Caileigh Lambou is a Barbie fan. Her mom drove her from Gibsonton to come pick out a pink Barbie jet.

“I saved up all my piggy bank money and I saved up my $50 gift card from Valentine’s Day,” said Lambou.

The toy has been on her wish list for a long time.

“It’s a big series of pink passport stuff, it is basically Barbie travel stuff. I have been wanting the jet ever since I was seven, for only two years, but,” said Lambou.

Her mom says the collection is hard to find.

 “Walmart doesn’t have it. Target doesn’t have it. This is the only place we could find it.”

Lambou is excited for her toy today but devastated that soon, Toys “R” Us will be closed.

“Well you get to actually see them and I get a little joy looking at them in the car ride home,” said Lambou.

CEO Dave Brandon said in a statement, “This is a profoundly sad day for us as well as the millions of kids and families who we have served for the past 70 years.”

Customers agree.

“They’ve been around since I was a kid. We used to come here when I was kid and spend our birthday monies so yeah, it’s kind of sad.”

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