Toys ‘R’ Us files for BANKRUPTCY: Retailing giant becomes the latest victim of online shopping – leaving its 64,000 worldwide employees at risk

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

Toys ‘R’ Us, the iconic toy store, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday
It is the latest victim to the online shopping industry
The first Toys ‘R’ Us opened in 1957 and the company has since become a worldwide phenomenon

19 September 2017

Toys ‘R’ Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.

This is the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains.

Toys ‘R’ Us said it received a commitment for over $3billion in debtor-in-possession financing from lenders including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the company’s existing lenders.

The new financing, subject to court approval, is expected to immediately improve the company’s financial health and support its ongoing operations during the court-supervised process, Toys ‘R’ Us said.

The company’s Canadian unit intends to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toys ‘R’ Us said in a statement.

The retailer’s operations outside of the United States and Canada, including about 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnerships in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the Chapter 11 filing and CCAA proceedings, Toys ‘R’ Us said.

The filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt over the future of the company’s nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees worldwide.

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