Going to Toys 'R' Us was literally the highlight of our childhood. Each and everyone of us would run through those sliding doors and would immediately turn into little Tasmanian devils and tear through the store as though we had no knowledge of manners.
The reason that we got to enjoy this epic experience was because of Charles Lazarus. Lazarus founded his company in 1948 and every since he has watched his company grow. That is, until this week.
The first toy store he opened was not called Toys 'R' Us, but instead "Children's Bargain Town." He knew that the baby boom generation would need a lot of toys, so he stocked up on Barbies and Hula Hoops, but that store wasn't the one he cared most about.
It was in 1957 that he opened up the very first Toys 'R' Us in Maryland.
They would go on to open 1,600 stores worldwide, but recently the company announced that all of its stores will be closing. Even though that seems like devastating news, the company wasn't done.
On Thursday, March 22nd, the Toys 'R' Us company released a statement revealing the sad news about Charles Lazarus's passing .
“There have been many sad moments for Toys ‘R’ Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. He visited us in New Jersey just last year and we will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles’ family and loved ones.”
Fans of the store have a lot of sweet things to say to the founder of their favorite childhood store, and it's heartwarming to hear their memories...