The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords—including Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group—who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them.
The company's troubles have affected toy makers Mattel and Hasbro, which are big suppliers to the chain. But the likely liquidation will have a more significant impact on smaller toy makers that rely more on the chain for sales.
The world's largest toy chain is planning to close about 180 Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stores nationally as part of a reorganization plan to emerge from its September bankruptcy, according to a court filing.
A Marion Superior Court judge has granted the Indianapolis-based mall giant's request for a temporary injunction, at least for now preventing Starbucks from closing 77 Teavana stores in its properties nationwide.