Hanh Truong is a reporter on the public service desk for The Sacramento Bee. He was beforehand a contract journalist, overlaying schooling and tradition for PBS SoCal and music for buzzbands.la.
A reconstruction of the Toys R Us mall at Arden Honest is not precisely what Sacramentons might bear in mind from the enduring model that used to occupy roughly 30,000-square-foot warehouses throughout the USA.
The favored youngsters’s toy retailer, which filed for chapter in 2018 and went out of enterprise, relaunched this summer season at Macy’s shops throughout the nation. The brand new Sacramento location opened on the second flooring of the mall on July 29. It’s roughly 2,500 sq. toes with a novel number of in style toy manufacturers, together with Sizzling Wheels, Nerf, Barbie, and Sharper Picture.
Shea Hamilton used to go to the outdated Toys R Us at Arden Honest. Now that he was again along with his daughter Maple, he advised the 9-year-old, “It is a far cry from what Toys R Us was.”
That did not faze her. She was nonetheless prepared to go searching her.
The Bee visited the newly curated part of Toys R Us at Macy’s on Tuesday. That is what we noticed:
Girls’s clothes dominates the second flooring of Macy’s within the mall. Close by, youngsters’s garments line cabinets.
For youths and fogeys looking for back-to-school garments on Tuesday, the brand new toy show was a welcome distraction (not less than for the children).
A reporter from The Bee noticed a number of households looking for back-to-school garments, just for their youngsters to run to the toy part as an alternative of choosing out t-shirts.
There, youngsters and adults alike have been thrilled to see Geoffrey the giraffe, the toy retailer’s mascot, now hanging like a statue on a bench on the entrance to the part.
Luke Herman, 17, advised The Bee that his household needed to see the part for nostalgia. His mom, Helen, satisfied her 11-year-old sister, Georgia, to take a photograph with Geoffrey.
Sandra Takei, a Macy’s worker, advised The Bee that she visited on the proper day. For the reason that opening in late July, she has watched youngsters open bins and use the part as a play space. Tuesday was a bit extra tame, she stated.
“Strive me” buttons on the dolls and video games have been scattered on the cabinets. Each on occasion you’ll be able to hear a toddler yell “mother, look!”
The part has some “Final Act!” reveals present the overflowing toys from the outdated Macy’s toy space. The offers right here have been important: some issues have been lowered from $50 to $16.96.
At Arden Honest, you may see roughly 30 reveals for manufacturers together with Transformers, Fur Actual Associates and extra. The part itself is small in comparison with the house. There’s sufficient walkway for a father and his son or a few siblings to comfortably keep collectively.
The most important bins within the retailer comprise slides and automobiles from the “Pop and Play” cardboard building collection and Barbie’s dream home. Science-themed toys from #Mindblown Discovery STEM video games stopped quite a lot of consumers. Additionally in that space, the craft and child toy sections have been among the most visited reveals on Tuesday.
The return of Toys R Us contains a smaller number of toys.
Not like the times of coming into a 30,000-square-foot toy haven, patrons can sit up for a 2,500-square-foot toy part at Arden Honest.
In 2018, Toys R Us filed for chapter as monetary issues continued and on-line and native rivals elevated. Consequently, ten Toys R Us and Infants “R” Us shops closed in Sacramento and about 30,000 jobs have been eradicated, based on a March 2018 Bee report.
With this return, Macy’s will likely be in command of managing the greater than 500 returning shops throughout the nation, together with all through California.
Hanh Truong and Randy Diamond of The Bee contributed to this story.
This story was initially revealed August 10, 2022 5:00 a.m.
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