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Each store employs about that number, including the one on Woodruff Road in Greenville, said Amanda Kahl, Toys R Us corporate communications coordinator. She did not respond to questions about whether those employees would receive any assistance.
There"s no timetable yet on when the Greenville store might close, Kahl said.
A statement from Toys R Us said the company would "provide more details about the plans for the liquidation of its U.S. stores and going out of business sales in the near term."
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“I am very disappointed with the result, but we no longer have the financial support to continue the Company’s U.S. operations," Toys R Us chairman and CEO Dave Brandon said in the statement.
The retailer said in a U.S Bankruptcy Court filing early Thursday that it still hoped its 200 stores in the U.S. could be preserved in combination with its Canadian stores. It said it is seeking a buyer for the Canadian operation.
Brandon said Toys R Us found itself "in serious default on our financing covenants" after a disastrous holiday season. For Christmas 2017, earnings were about half of what the company might expect in a normal year.
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The holiday results showed lenders that Toys R Us is "a company that consumes cash" for most of the year, and earns money only during the holidays. When the holiday period underperformed, investors became justifiably nervous, he said.
While U.S. operations are "subject to likely liquidation," Brandon said the Canadian, central Europe and Asian divisions would be sold. At the court hearing, "There is going to be an invitation sent around the world that all of these assets are available."
If a buyer offers more than the liquidation value, there could be a sale.
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Brandon also said the company will maintain its Babies R Us registry and its online business for the time being in hopes someone might want to buy that asset.
"This is a profoundly sad day for us as well as the millions of kids and families who we have served for the past 70 years," Brandon said in the statement.
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USA TODAY Network reporters Joan Verdon and Charisse Jones contributed to this report.
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