All Toys R Us stores to close their doors

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Media caption Playthings R Us administrator explains the reason why the company was too difficult to market

All Toys R All of us stores in the UK will close within the next six weeks following the chain’s collapse in to administration.

Attempts to locate a buyer for the US retailer’s a hundred stores in the UK have failed.

Twenty five stores have possibly closed in recent days or even are due to shut by Thurs.

The fall will put more than 3, 1000 people out of work as a dismal time period for the retail sector continues.

Managers Moorfields Advisory were appointed final month to start turning down the UK’s biggest toy merchant after it struggled to pay the £ 15m tax bill.

Simon Thomas, joint administrator, mentioned Moorfields’ had negotiated with 120 different parties, most of them interested in purchasing up stock, and half a dozen taking a look at the whole business. But in the end Mister Thomas said the business had just proved too hard to sell.

He told the BBC: “Any potential purchaser would have difficulty within sorting things out, for instance having the rights to use the name, which is kept by the American parent.

“In addition there are many services offered within the group by different subsidiaries, so if you take over one part you really alternative arrangements or negotiate brand new terms. Put all that together plus becomes very complicated. ”

Mr Thomas said outstanding stock would be discounted further plus “it should be an opportunity for people to purchase some nice toys at a great price. ”

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The administrators said that Playthings R Us had outstanding financial obligations of around £ 300m, which includes a £ 70-90m pension account shortfall.

US Debt

The US parent company submitted for bankruptcy in September plus reports suggest it may start shutting its 800 stores in the US as soon as this week.

The business had been bought in 2005 by a number of investors including private equity firms Bain Capital and KKR, which packed it with some $5bn (£ a few. 6bn) in debt. The company was crippled by interest payments which sometimes reached $400m a year.

In the UK Toys R Us ties a long list of high street retailers including Maplin and Claire’s that have run into troubles this year.

A lot of have been hit by changes within consumer spending habits, a press on disposable income, higher pumpiing and the national living wage, as well as the prospect next month of increases running a business rates.

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