Toys R Us comes to 3 local Macy’s
BY SANDRA GUY Business Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org October 10, 2012 12:52PM
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2009 file photo, shoppers walk outside Macy's along State Street in Chicago. The nation's retailers are reporting signs of life in December sales figures that show modest holiday gains.(AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
Updated: November 12, 2012 11:52AM
Toys R Us will open 1,500-square-foot pop-up shops starting Monday at 24 Macy’s stores nationwide, including Macy’s flagship store on State Street and Macy’s at Oakbrook Center and Woodfield mall, the retailers said Wednesday.
A typical Toys R Us store is 45,000 square feet.
The Toys R Us shops, slated to stay open for about three months, will sell a limited selection of toys, including those featured on the “Holiday Hot Toy” list, as well as the traditional best-selling dolls, puzzles and action figures.
The Toys R Us space will be about 30 percent smaller than a 5,200-square-foot FAO Schwarz shop that operated at Macy’s on State Street for two years, ending in late 2009. FAO Schwarz shops had also operated at Macy’s at Fox Valley in Aurora, Orland Square in Orland Park and at Northbrook Court.
FAO Schwarz closed its toy shop because it was acquired by Toys R Us. The FAO Schwarz shops were operating in 260 Macy’s stores when they closed.
Gerald Storch, CEO of Toys R Us, previously led Target Corp., which sold its lagging department stores, including Marshall Field’s.