New TRU Megastore Coming To NJ Later This Month?!?

by Jay Cochran
December 02, 2021
In what seems to have become a yearly thing since Toys R' Us first declared bankruptcy and closed all it's doors here in the US back in 2018, I bring you a post about how the once famous toy retailer is planning on making a come back with a new store. Most recently it was announced they were partnering up with Macy's Department Stores to carry a limited number of toy related products in 400 of their stores across America as well as online, which has already started to happen. Still it's a far cry from the Toys R' Us heyday when they had over 800 large stores open here in the US.

In 2019 the organization called Tru Kids Brand had purchased the rights to the Toys R Us name and opened two small stores in malls located in Houston, Texas, and Paramus, New Jersey. Those stores were short-lived and closed their doors a year later with the COVID pandemic being given as the reason why.

Now WHP Global, who is the current parent company of Toys"R"Us is announcing plans to open a two-level, 20,000 square foot flagship store in New Jersey. Specifically the store will be opened inside American Dream, an entertainment/retail center in Bergen County, New Jersey. According to the press release they put out yesterday, this flasgship store is slated to open later this month. See the press release below:

WHP Global, parent company of Toys"R"Us®, announces the forthcoming grand opening of a new two-story Toys"R"Us flagship store inside American Dream, the unmatched entertainment/retail center in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Designed for 'Toys"R"Us kids' of all ages, the first U.S. Toys"R"Us flagship store will feature a modern two-level retail concept that spans 20,000 square feet. The flagship will be reminiscent of the beloved toy store customers know and love, as visitors can shop their favorite toy brands, meet Geoffrey the Giraffe, rediscover their love of play with interactive experiences and product demonstrations, and enjoy new branded elements like Geoffrey's Café and ice cream parlor, two-story slide and more. Located within steps of Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and DreamWorks Water Park, the new flagship is at the epicenter of American Dream's premiere entertainment, shopping and dining experiences.

"American Dream is a one-of-a-kind unrivaled retail center featuring massive entertainment experiences that make it an ideal destination for families. Debuting our first Toys"R"Us flagship here is a no-brainer," said Yehuda Shmidman, WHP Global and Toys"R"Us Chairman and CEO. "The Toy"R"Us brand is big and growing fast. Today we have over 900 stores and e-commerce sites operating across 25 countries outside the USA, and now our USA expansion plans are in high gear, propelling us into the next chapter of growth for our global brand."

Opening mid-December, just in time for the 2021 holiday shopping season, the Toys"R"Us flagship at American Dream marks the return of the first standalone flagship store of the iconic and beloved toy brand in the USA. This comes on the heels of Toys"R"Us opening its digital flagship store this year together with Macy's and with over 400 Toys"R"Us shop-in-shops slated to open inside Macy's stores nationwide starting in 2022.

"American Dream is a world-class destination with one-of-a-kind experiences and first-to-market entertainment/retail concepts, designed to delight a multi-generational audience," said Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream. "Toys"R"Us sparks the same feeling of joy across multiple age groups. This powerful brand is the perfect addition to American Dream's all-star lineup of entertainment properties and attractions. We're thrilled to partner with WHP Global and Toys"R"Us to bring this project to life."

The Toys"R"Us flagship at American Dream will open its doors in mid-December with extended holiday hours. To keep updated on the flagship grand opening and 2022 store openings, visit and follow @toysrus on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.
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JayC - 2023-11-16 @ 10:42 pm

WHP Global ("WHP" or the "Company"), parent company of Toys"R"Us, announced today the location of its second U.S. flagship store at Mall of America, the largest shopping and entertainment destination in North America. Set to open just before Thanksgiving, this marks the first flagship store in partnership with Go! Retail Group with additional flagship locations opening next year."After the success we've experienced with our first flagship at American Dream and shops inside Macy's, bringing Toys"R"Us to Mall of America was a must. There is the perfect mix of entertainment and retail that makes it a highly trafficked go-to-destination for families year-round," said Jamie Uitdenhowen, Executive Vice President of Toys"R"Us at WHP Global. "I'm thrilled to open our first flagship with our new partners at Go! Retail Group as we continue to expand the Toys"R"Us brand through new concepts and to new locations around the world."

The new Toys"R"Us flagship store at Mall of America spans over 11,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment of the hottest toys and games for Toys"R"Us kids of all ages. Families can shop for their favorite toys, take a photo with Geoffrey the Giraffe, and rediscover their love of play. Beginning in 2024, the Toys"R"Us flagship will introduce exciting new branded elements like Geoffrey's Caf and ice cream parlor as well as interactive experiences and product demonstrations from popular toy vendors."Toys"R"Us has played a role in creating special memories for so many of us," said Heather Brechbill-Swilley, Senior Vice President of Leasing at Mall of America. "We are excited to bring this playful and iconic brand to life at Mall of America for the next generation to enjoy. Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, this nostalgic brand will be the perfect addition for families and guests of all ages this holiday season.""It is incredibly exciting to be a part of the return of Toys"R"Us and we are fortunate to have the backing of WHP Global and Mall of America as we bring this flagship store to life for families just in time for the holidays, " shares Gideon Schlessinger, CEO of Go! Retail Group.For more than 70 years Toys"R"Us has been a global leader in the toy category celebrating the joys of childhood and play with kids of all ages. Geoffrey the Giraffe, the beloved mascot of Toys"R"Us, is adored by millions of kids and their families around the world. The brand generates more than USD$2 billion in global retail sales annually through 1,400 stores and e-commerce businesses in 31 countries.Toys"R"Us at Mall of America will be located on Level 1, East. For details on opening celebrations and store hours, visit: and follow @toysrusmoa on Instagram. To stay up to date on Toys"R"Us openings and activations, visit and follow @toysrus on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

Goldbug - 2023-09-29 @ 11:45 pm
6 hours ago, Outsiders said:

Who is going to buy a toy for their kid at the airport? You know it's going to cost at least 3-5 times as much...

Desperate parent's to keep their kids entertained while traveling.

It's a terrible idea to give in to whiny kids but it happens.

Outsiders - 2023-09-29 @ 5:15 pm

Who is going to buy a toy for their kid at the airport? You know it's going to cost at least 3-5 times as much...

JMB - 2022-08-15 @ 3:26 pm

Surprised there are none for Ohio since Macy's HQ is based in Cincinnati.

Goldbug - 2022-08-12 @ 7:08 pm
2 hours ago, rono said:

Hard to believe that Toys R Us is only in Houston & El Paso Macy's stores in Texas. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, & San Antonio are such large markets, it seems they are missing their mark in opportunities. Very odd.

Oh I agree there are some locations missing in Illinois too

rono - 2022-08-12 @ 4:15 pm

Hard to believe that Toys R Us is only in Houston & El Paso Macy's stores in Texas. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, & San Antonio are such large markets, it seems they are missing their mark in opportunities. Very odd.

Admiral_Brockbar - 2022-08-12 @ 3:20 pm

My biggest concern is the possibility of Toys R Us only exclusives again...this time with even less access. There are no Macy's in my state (WV) and there never will be. I at least had 2 Toys R Us within 120 miles to give me false hope in finding their exclusives.

Toys R Us in general is a tainted brand in my eyes. While they do not have full responsibility, they share blame in the way they axed their employees and worked with Bain Capital to basically buy them out, gut the resources/stock they had, give higher ups bonuses, screw the employees and let it die. Vulture capitalism at its finest.

JayC - 2022-08-12 @ 1:46 pm

Back in mid-July we told you how Toys R' Us and Macy's had put the word out that they planned to have TRU pop-up stores in every Macy's Department store by October of this year.Since then however, I have seen a number of corporate media sites running what I would consider to be click-bait articles like this one on Fox News with a headline proclaiming TRU will reopen in 9 states while showing off an image of an old TRU stand-alone store. Basically making folks think that the TRU of old was set to make a return here in the United States this year.

While no one would like to see the Toys R' Us stand-alone stores of old return than me, sadly that is not what is happening right now. The new Toys R' Us is simply expanding upon what they had started to do last year by opening up much smaller pop-up stores within Macy's department stores, basically trying to capitalize on parents doing their holiday toy shopping while also shopping for other things that one might normally come to Macy's for.You can see images below in our GALLERY of what these Pop-up locations look like below if you have yet to see one for yourselves. These are official images released by Macy's.For exactly what is happening, here is the exact quote from the press release put out in July by Macy's in regards to all of this:Macys expands partnership with WHP Global to bring the beloved ToysRUs brand to every Macys store in America this holiday season. Beginning late July and rolling out through October 15th, the in-store shops will range from 1,000 sq. feet and span up to 10,000 sq. feet in flagship locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. The footprint of stores may flex up an additional 500 to3,000 sq. feet during the holiday season to offer an even wider assortment of products.

So there will be some "Flagship" locations opening up which is where some of those corporate media sites got their "9" new stores opening up for their click bait headlines. These will simply be pop-up stores within Macy's that will be a bit larger than most of the other Pop Up stores, but again these are not new stand-alone stores in any way. There actually will be a total of 11 of these "Flagship" locations at the following Macy's come October:Lenox Square, AtlantaState Street, ChicagoAla Moana, HonoluluMemorial City, HoustonSouth Coast Plaza, LAAventura, MiamiDadeland, MiamiHerald Square, NYCRoosevelt Field, NYCUnion Square, San FranciscoValley Fair, San JoseAs of mid July of this year, these are all the Macy's stores that currently have Toys R' Us Pop Up stores in them:CaliforniaShoppes At Carlsbad - CarlsbadLos Cerritos Center - CerritosChula Vista Center - Chula VistaSerramonte - Daly CityDowney Stonewood Center - DowneyNorth County Fair (Ca) - EscondidoFresno Fashion Fair - FresnoShops At River Park - FresnoMontclair Plaza - MontclairPlaza Bonita - National CityAntelope Valley - PalmdaleStanford (Ca) - Palo AltoSan Bernardino Inland Center - San BernardinoFashion Valley (Ca) - San DiegoOakridge (Ca) - San JoseHillsdale (Ca) - San MateoSanta Ana Mainplace - Santa AnaStockton Sherwood - StocktonVisalia - VisaliaWalnut Creek Broadway Plaza - Walnut CreekWestminster (Ca) - WestminsterConnecticutStamford Town Center - StamfordDistrict of ColumbiaMetro Center (Downtown Dc) - WashingtonGeorgiaCumberland - AtlantaPeachtree - ColumbusNorthlake (Ga) - AtlantaIllinoisLouis Joliet - JolietLouisianaAcadiana - LafayetteMall Of Louisiana - Baton RougeMarylandAnnapolis - AnnapolisLakeforest (Md) - GaithersburgMissouriMid Rivers - Saint PetersSouth County (Mo) - Saint LouisBattlefield (Mo) - SpringfieldChesterfield (Mo) - ChesterfieldNew JerseyNewport Centre (Nj) - Jersey CityBrunswick Square - East BrunswickNevadaHenderson Galleria At Sunset - HendersonSummerlin - Las VegasTexasLa Plaza - McallenNew YorkParkchester - BronxHampton Bays - Hampton BaysSunrise (Ny) - MassapequaAnd then by the end of October of this year you should be able to find TRU Pop-Up stores at Macy's in the following loacations:AlabamaRiverchase Galleria - HooverArizonaBiltmore Fashion Park - PhoenixChandler Fashion Center - ChandlerCaliforniaNewport Fashion Island - Newport BeachCentury City (Ca) - Los AngelesWest Covina - West CovinaRoseville Galleria - RosevilleSherman Oaks Fashion Square - Sherman OaksFairfield Solano - FairfieldArden Fair - SacramentoThe Shops At Montebello - MontebelloBrea (Ca) - BreaBurbank Town Center - BurbankGlendale Galleria - GlendaleDel Amo Fashion Center - TorranceTopanga - Canoga ParkSanta Anita - ArcadiaSacramento Downtown Commons - SacramentoConnecticutConnecticut Post - MilfordShoppes At Buckland Hills - ManchesterTrumbull - TrumbullFloridaMiami International - DoralGeorgiaArbor Place - DouglasvilleIllinoisOakbrook Center - Oak BrookWoodfield - SchaumburgSt. Clair Square - Fairview HghtsOld Orchard - SkokieGurnee Mills - GurneeKansasTown Center Plaza (Ks) - LeawoodMassachusettsSquare One - SaugusSouth Shore Plaza (Ma) - BraintreeMarylandBowie Town Center - BowieMall At Prince Georges - HyattsvilleSecurity Square - BaltimoreMichiganMeridian (Mi) - OkemosThe Crossroads (Mi) - PortageNew HampshireMall At Rockingham Park - SalemNew JerseyWillowbrook (Nj) - WayneCherry Hill - Cherry HillBridgewater Commons - BridgewaterGarden State Plaza - ParamusNew MexicoCoronado Center (Nm) - AlbuquerqueNevadaLas Vegas Fashion Show - Las VegasNew YorkGalleria At Crystal Run - MiddletownStaten Island - Staten IslandManhasset - ManhassetColonie Center - AlbanyWalden Galleria - BuffaloKings Plaza - BrooklynCross County Sc (Ny) - YonkersQueens Center - ElmhurstOregonClackamas Town Center - ClackamasWashington Square (Or) - TigardPennsylvaniaWillow Grove Park - Willow GroveSouth CarolinaHaywood - GreenvilleTexasAlmeda - HoustonCielo Vista - El PasoWhile I can't speak to all these locations, I will note the one listed at Lakeforest Mall in MD won't be there for long being that entire mall is slated to soon be bulldozed in favor of a retail/residential model that has become much more popular than your traditional Malls in that area.As for stand-alone stores, Toys R' Us did open one last year as their true "Flagship" store with a two-level, 20,000 square foot location in their home state of New Jersey, specifically inside American Dream, an entertainment/retail center in Bergen County, New Jersey. That is probably as close as your going to get to experiencing a TRU of old here in the US.

Goldbug - 2022-07-19 @ 1:32 am
2 hours ago, Outsiders said:

Sometimes I feel like we are beating an old Geoffrey... Bring him back, take him away, bring him back, take him away. Stop messing with Geoffrey!

ZOMBIE Geoffrey!!!This time I think it will work better since Macy's never really had any toys(well they dropped them a long time ago).I haven't even checked on JC Penney's toy departments.

Outsiders - 2022-07-18 @ 11:02 pm

Sometimes I feel like we are beating an old Geoffrey... Bring him back, take him away, bring him back, take him away. Stop messing with Geoffrey!

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