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June 27, 2018 is final day for Toys R' Us. The iconic store retailer shutting down nationwide.
Jeff Platsky/Staff photo

UPDATE: Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores nationwide are now closed. But is it really the end? The iconic toy retailer posted two updates on its Facebook page Friday, which indicated there would be "a next chapter for Geoffrey and the iconic Toys R Us brands."

In a widely circulated photo of Geoffrey with a suitcase, Toys R Us wrote in a Facebook post, "Just going on a little vacation is all... #TRUBeContinued."

“Stay tuned here for news and information on the next chapter for Geoffrey and the iconic Toys R Us brands," said the post at Facebook.com/toysrus.

Previous story

Toys R Us shoppers have been taking their last selfies with Geoffrey the giraffe and making their final purchases.

All Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores will close on or before Friday, the iconic toy retailer announced.

Many stores nationwide won't make it until Friday with some closing Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Just like the closing day, discounts vary by location. Some stores have markdowns of 60 to 80 percent and others are at 70 to 90 percent.

Inventory also is limited and as stock sells out, portions of stores and empty aisles are being closed off with yellow caution tape.

But is this really the end for Toys R Us?

Even as stores enter their final days of the liquidation sale, toy expert Jim Silver, the founder and editor in chief of popular toy review website TTPM.com, isn't convinced that the Toys R Us story is over. 

There are many bidders interested in the Toys R Us brand names, including buyers who understand the potential for a reborn Toys R Us chain.

"I firmly believe there will be Toys R Us stores, bricks-and-mortar, in 2019," Silver said. "This is the end of the chapter, not the story."

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So many memories ...

Longtime Toys R Us kids of all ages have expressed their sadness on social media.

“One last time. One last purchase. It started raining the moment I left the store. Legitimately depressed right now,” @HauntedDriveIn tweeted. “But whether I’m 3 years old, 30 years old, or 90 years old, I’ll be a โ€ช@ToysRUs kid.”

“Sad day for my son as he visits his favorite collectibles aisle for the last time,” @ElevenSimms tweeted.

"If you feel my pain please retweet this! #riptoysrus," tweeted Donnell Rawlings (@donnellrawlings) of the Chappelle Show.

"Toys R Us is now going to be an ancient relic like Blockbuster," @LewdPrax mused. 

"Last visit ever to a @toysrus store! What a great place to be around the holidays as a kid," @mjpowers13 tweeted.

"The saddest picture of Toys R Us," @noellemouse wrote.

“Once a Toys R Us kid, always a Toys R Us kid,” @reviewngnetwork tweeted.

"Goodbye, old friend," tweeted @trekermeker.

"This may be the saddest picture I ever take of my kid," Instagram user Ty Lee (@radioguyty) wrote. "It's one of those moments you never thought would come."

“We have tried to get in a lifetime of memories in the past 3 months, but today is the day we have to say goodbye,” Instagram user Shelly McBurnett (@slackerspins) wrote. “I wish we had more time... not like this, but like it was.”

We have tried to get in a lifetime of memories in the past 3 months, but today is the day we have to say goodbye. I wish we had more time... not like this, but like it was. We leave on a 2 week vacation tomorrow and when we come home the stores will be closed. What a heartbreaking process of hoping for a miracle that never came. We are staying optimistic about the future though. I have been dreaming about Toys R Us almost nightly for awhile now. Last night I dreamt I walked into the store, it was empty and the floor was covered in green grass. There were flowering vines climbing the walls. It felt peaceful. I don't know if that was my subconscious accepting what is happening, or my hopeful feelings for the future. It was a strange dream. Please, someone save Toys R Us. (Link to the full version in profile.) #toysrus #savetoysrus #todayweplay #toysrusmemories #toysruskid #imatoysruskid #geoffreythegiraffe #toysrusforever #toysruskids #toysrusclosing #idontwannagrowup #idontwanttogrowup #alwaysatrukid @toysrusforever @toysrus

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Geoffrey musings

“Sorry Geoffrey. Even you couldn’t be saved this time,” tweeted @Bryan_Young.

"I have told myself not to cry but now Geoffrey is tear soaked," @invaderaddie tweeted.

"Goodbye Geoffrey! Thanks for the memories!" Twitter user Nirule wrote.

Some still had a sense of humor ...

"Wow they went all out on this invisible jet," @greatestedson tweeted.

"They weren’t kidding about everything going," @matthew_akers tweeted. "I bought the “R” for a really good price!"

"It was mega emotional to go in #ToysRUs and see everything being sold,"  @Tiffaaaylynn wrote. "But the saddest thing was there wasn't a single ouija board anywhere to buy."

And this sign has all the feels...

"I guess everyone has grown up. There's no more Toys R Us kids," read the sign tweeted by @MuUnchies

Behind the scenes

Here's a behind the scenes look at a New Jersey Toys R Us in Paramus, the city where the chain's headquarters was situated for years before being moved to nearby Wayne.

USA TODAY Network reporter Joan Verdon, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record, contributed to this report.

Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at kelly.tyko@tcpalm.com.