Toys R Us ‘to make a comeback’ – and this time, stores may have play areas

2019 appears to be the year of nostalgia.

The Spice Girls are touring, retro Tamagotchi’s are back in shops and fashionistas are wearing bum bags.

If that wasn’t enough to fill your heart with warm memories, the news that Toys ‘R’ Us could be returning may do the trick.

Bloomberg claims that Tru Kids – who help to run the toy store – plan to open 12 stores in the USA.

If the venture is successful, there’s a small possibility Toys ‘R’ US will return to Britain.

Here’s all we know so far.

If rumours are correct, Richard Barry will pitch his vision at an industry conference this week.

The former Toys ‘R’ Us executive and CEO of Tru Kids is rumoured to be launching smaller stores that have more interactive areas for shoppers to enjoy.

Bloomberg reports: “The stores are slated to be about 10,000-square feet, roughly a third of the size of the brand’s big-box outlets that closed last year, the people said.

“The locations will also have more experiences, like play areas.

“The startup costs could be minimised with a consignment inventory model in which toymakers ship goods but don’t get paid until consumers buy them, some of the people said.”

This news follows a statement from Richard Barry in February.

The CEO said he had been provided with a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write next chapter of Toys ‘R’ Us.”

He said: “We have an incredible team focused on bringing Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us back in a completely new and reimagined way, so the U.S. doesn’t have to go through another holiday without these beloved brands.”

While rumours are swirling online, Tru Kids is yet to confirm all of the speculation.

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