Update: Meridian Location NOT Part of Toys R Us Liquidation Sale Launching Today
If you want to get in touch with your inner "Toys R Us" kid or score some killer deals on toys for your child, act fast!
Update 10:30 a.m: Although the start date of the liquidation sales was announced by trusted media outlets like CNN, USA Today and Fortune...it looks like the Meridian location will NOT be part of the sales starting today. Our listener Charity sent us a photo of a sign she found outside that location this morning. We apologize for the mix-up.
Similar signs appeared in cities across the country like Jensen Beach, FL. The sign in Florida apologized to customers stating that the mix-up is higher up in the chain and beyond the control of the local store. CNN Money also provided an update to their story after our original story was published, stating that the start date of the sales have been pushed back.
Original Story 8:07 a.m.: On the way from the Shamrock Shuffle half marathon on Saturday, we drove past the Toys R Us and Babies R Us location at the Village at Meridian and I was amazed by how much of a zoo the parking lot was. Parents flocked to the toy giant after they announced plans to shut down every one of their US locations, including the one in the Treasure Valley. Many posted on social media how frustrated they were that there were no real sales on toys yet.
If you were one of those parents slow your roll, Tootsie Roll. You didn't find sales, because the liquidation doesn't begin until stores open on Thursday, March 22. The toy giant hasn't revealed exactly which items or brands will have the deepest discounts, but according to the Washington Post, you can expect prices to drop about 30%. There's a 14 week plan for selling out inventory, closing the stores and then the distribution centers, so the discounts will likely get deeper as that deadline approaches.
Obviously if you're looking for a very particular toy or something that's exclusive to Toys R Us, you'll want to go sooner rather than later before someone swoops in and takes the item you're looking for. All sales are final and vendors won't be sending any new toys to restock the shelves.
Use Gift Cards ASAP
When Toys R Us announced their bankruptcy and plans to liquidate on March 15, they said that shoppers will be able to use their gift cards, Endless Earnings and Rewards dollars for 30 days. Counting days on the calendar, the last day for those programs should be around April 13.
What about Babies R Us?
For the sake of all of you momma's to be who ONLY registered at Babies R Us, we wanted to let you know that Babies R Us is part of the closures as well. Your registry will be honored on until the store closes, but if your baby shower is still months away...send your friends to grab the items on that registry like, yesterday.