The Real Reason Toys R Us Is Closing That No One Wants to Talk About: Birthrates

If you’re a parent, you’ve had at least one passing discussion on the closure of Toys R Us. The mega-giant toy chain that ruled the childhoods of many of today’s parents is shuttering nearly 200 stores this month. While bankruptcy is the official reason, it isn’t the only or perhaps even the biggest reason why Geoffrey the Giraffe is being sent to the big zoo in the sky: Debt. Competition from online retailers like Amazon, as well as cheaper big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Yes, bad customer service, too. All of these are the most commonly cited reasons for the ultimate failure of Toys R Us. But, hidden within their press release on the bankruptcy is a reason rooted in cultural trends, the stuff that ultimately makes or breaks economic indicators…

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