Toys “R” Us left the Region when the chain went bankrupt in 2018, closing toy stores in Hobart and Michigan City and a Babies “R” Us in Merrillville.
But after years in exile, Geoffrey the Giraffe is returning to the brick-and-mortar retail space.
Toys “R” US is now opening a new flagship store this month at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot store will feature a ice cream parlor, two-story slide and Geoffrey’s Cafe. It will serve as a new retail concept for the brand that went online-only after bankruptcy.
Macy’s stores across the country also plan to open in-store Toys “R” Us stores next year. Spokeswoman Julianne Olivo said it was too early to disclose if that would include local locations like Southlake Mall in Hobart or River Oaks Center in Calumet City.
“Macy’s will open 400 Toys “R” Us shop-in-shops throughout the country next year,” she said. “I will share further details as they become available.”