Toys R Us Is Back And It’s Not A Good Thing

After four years out of the retail game, this retail giant is making a physical comeback in the United Kingdom.

Shamar M
4 min readNov 3, 2021


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I got into work Monday morning and one of my colleagues turned round to me and asked if I had heard the news.

News? What, are we getting another pay rise? Working from home for the foreseeable future? Free doughnuts on Fridays? What’s the news?

“Toys R Us is opening back up!”

Oh no. Here comes the influx of customer service memories.

“Next customer please!”

“Can I help you at all?”

“Let me just go and ask my colleague.”

Not to mention all the scenarios of things that went wrong revealing themselves after being buried long and deep in my subconscious.

It was not until Toys R Us closed down unexpectedly that I realised that place had caused me so much anxiety and upset. There were times when I was working 50 hours a week during the Christmas break and on a six-hour shift I would get no break — you could only step outside if you were a smoker.

For some crazy reason, after four years of being removed from the high streets, Toys R Us and Babies R Us is coming back. In 2018, the retail chain fell into administration and a few companies were debating on buying us out. By April, I was out of a job.

Eurogamer report that Toys R Us have signed a deal with the Australian company WHP Global to reestablish physical and online stores, which plan on selling products in the UK later next year. Stores hope to be established by 2023.

Remind me to move country by 2023.

Or perhaps I won’t be able to escape the company at all! Toys R Us currently has over 900 stores worldwide including countries in the Middle East and Europe, and e-commerce sites across 25+ countries creating over $2 billion a year in sales.



Shamar M

Based in the UK. PG DIP HR Management. Chief of publication The First Time. Editor in About Me Stories. Top Writer in Feminism and This Happened To Me.