News of the Douglasville Toys ‘R’ Us closing its doors may have been premature.
A member of the management team at Babies ‘R’ Us in Douglasville confirmed Thursday that the store would be closing and would begin liquidating in February, with a closing date around the first part of April.
It appears the published closing of eight Toys ‘R’ Us stores in Georgia has lead to some confusion. News media throughout the country announced that roughly 180 stores would be closing across the country, but did not differentiate whether it was Toys ‘R’ Us or Babies ‘R’ Us stores that would be shutting shut down.
Atlanta consumer guru Clark Howard provided a list of closures, which listed “BRU” at 6875 Douglas Boulevard as closing. All other reports have listed the store closing in Douglasville as Toys ‘R’ Us.
So from all indications, the Toys ‘R’ Us store in Douglasville, located in The Landing on the top of the hill overlooking Arbor Place Mall — both CBL Properties — is here to stay.
Arbor Place Mall General Manager Ted Martin said early Thursday that there had been some confusion about this and he’d had to clear it up with several people.
“If you look at the address listed in the articles, it is actually the address for Babies ‘R’ Us,” Martin said. “We have been given no indication that Toys ‘R’ Us at The Landing will be closing.”
According to reports, Toys ‘R’ Us management is planning to shut locations beginning in early February through mid-April in an effort to structure the company and get out from under bankruptcy proceedings.
“The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company,” said Chairman and CEO David Brandon on Tuesday.
Employees at the Babies ‘R’ Us location in Douglasville will have the opportunity to apply for jobs in other locations, according to a spokesperson at the local store, which is under the Toys ‘R’ Us parent company.
The listing of Georgia store closings include:
• 2601 Dawson Rd., Albany GA (Toys 'R' Us)
• 2955 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 6380 No. Point Parkway, Alpharetta GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Dunwoody GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 6875 Douglas Boulevard, Douglasville GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 8160 Mall Parkway, Conyers GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 221 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan GA (Babies 'R' Us)
• 132 Pavilion Parkway, Fayetteville GA (Babies 'R' Us)