80s | 90s | Life | Toys | 00s

Founder Of Toys 'R' Us, Charles Lazarus, Has Passed Away At 94

- Page 1

Wikipedia / CNN

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...

Page 1 Next Page

More Throwbacks

Toys

10 Iconic Toys From Your Childhood That You Couldn't Live Without

Let's be honest for a second, it's the internet, there is no one here to judge you. When you were growing up, what did you care the most about? Was it your family? No, that's just what you said near Christmas so you would get good gifts. Was it your friends? No, they weren't always there for you when you needed them. The thing we all cared about more than anything was our elaborate and extensive toy collections. Sure, does that make us all a little bit materialistic and selfish? Probably. But those are the facts and there's not much

Toys

13 Dreadful Life Lessons You Learned While Playing 13 Dead End Drive That Haunt You To This Day

Listen, board games were a very important part of our childhood. Dream Phone was played almost every weekend, Fireball Island was played on those days when you had the energy to set it up, but there was one game that trumped them all. 13 Dead End Drive was what happened if you mixed Clue with Mouse Trap, and also added in some good old-fashioned sabotage. The object of the game was simple: Survive. The backstory of the game (not that anyone really cared about that) was that a wealthy woman died and now there is a big fight over who

Life

Fireball Island Is Coming Back, And It's Bigger And Better Than Ever Before

We all became completely obsessed with the board game Fireball Island when we were kids. The game has become one of those relics from our past that is now worth a good chunk of change. The board game itself is listed for hundreds of dollars online and while I love the game, I don't know that I could justify paying that much for it.I mean, it's a classic, but I just can't justify it. Luckily for me, I won't have to. Because even though we all complain that everything old comes back, this time it's actually a good thing.

90s

10 Memories Each And Every One Of Us "Toys 'R' Us Kids" Has From Our Childhood

There was no event, no holiday, and no party that had the capability to bring the same amount of joy as a trip to Toys 'R' Us could. Okay sure, you can argue that Christmas was better, or your birthday was more fun, but think about it, Toys 'R' Us visits could happen at any time, but holidays are once a year. Okay, call me crazy, but it was absolutely the most fun outings ever, even if your parents didn't let you buy any toys. Why was it so fun just to wander around a store? Well, this may change
×