Now for yet another Toys R Us post, seeing this store close was very sad. This Toys R Us store opened in either 1983 or 1984, and my first visit here was in 1986.
Here is how the store looked in 1994 prior to the modernization, click here and go to page 30 on the reduce flooding website pdf. Luckily the store did not sustain any damage in the 1994 flood, but that was a very close call. You can see how the land in the background which is now the big box center Deerbrook Marketplace flooded heavily.
How the store looked in 2010, the good years.
This location was flooded out during Hurricane Harvey, to see how the store looked underwater click here to watch this video from Stixx Vision.
Post Harvey, the short lived Geoffrey's Big Box of Toys. After the store was gutted out completely, this clearance store opened up for the Christmas season of 2017. About a fifth of the store was used for this pop-up store. The rest of the store was blocked off by peg board walls.
I visited during the last 3 days of the sale. Only a couple of racks and some stuff by the counter remained. Only the center area of the store near the main entrance was used for the temporary store.
The enclosed area had been filled with racks.
Store closing signage.
Photo during the renovation into the post Harvey Toys R Us, just before the liquidation sales were announced. The Toys R Us was going to reopen later in 2018, but that never came to pass.
After the Toys R Us liquidation was announced, all of the equipment was removed. A few weeks later the fencing was removed.
And added bonus, the Toys R Us display at Kroger in 2018. Once the Toys R Us name was purchased, an agreement to place these Toys R Us branded displays in some Kroger stores was made. As we know Toys R Us made a small comeback in 2019. You can click here and see my visits to the Houston location of the short lived Toys R Us reboot.
After seeing the building sitting for over a year now, we decided to take an up close look. We were able to see inside of the building without glare just before the sun set that evening.
I was hoping to see some of these new designs put into place after reading this article a while back.
Crews were out here at the site for well over a month before the liquidation was announced. They didn't get much done at all. From what I could tell all that they did was strip the foyer area of the Toys R Us side and entryway of the Babies R Us side. I guess they had a feeling that the job was going to get cut short with the bankruptcy of Toys R Us and uncertain future of the company in early 2018.
In early 2021 redevelopment of the building into Bel Furniture.
And finally the conversion is complete. Toys R Us has been completely wiped away. The Bel Furniture road sign was put up about 2 months after the store opened.