NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The iconic American toy store Toys R Us is shutting its doors permanently after the store’s official announcement Thursday.
In North Charleston, people made their last trip to the toy store Thursday.
“One last go round before they close,” said Charleston resident, Megan Moran. “I had fun looking through all the Battleship, Yahtzee, and Candyland.”
In the last few years, Charleston has seen multiple box stores shut down.
“First it was Sears, Gander Mountain, JCPenney, and even Radio Shack,” Moran said.
People in Charleston believe this is because of a hike in online sales.
“Online sales, you can buy everything online now,” said Moran.
Local Country Local First Director of Marketing, Jordan Amaker, believes amazon is the biggest online contender.
“We start every purchase on Amazon, in fact in 2017, studies show that Americans spent one of every two dollars from their pockets on Amazon,” Amaker said.
She believes online purchases are not only affecting box stores, but also local stores.
Toys R Us plans to either close or sell all 735 of their stores in the United States.
According to Forbes, 51% of Americans prefer online shopping, so more Americans might bypass the parking lots and shop from the comforts of their home.
News 2 did reach out to Toys R Us, but did not receive a response. News 2 also reached out to the City of North Charleston to see how the closing of box stores were affecting the city and they said there wasn’t any correlation.