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Toys 'R' Us closures causing local shoppers to worry

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The news of Toys 'R' Us closures nationwide has local shoppers worried. The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council reacts to how this could effect the local economy.

Toys 'R' Us announced it's closing all of its United States locations. This after the company declared bankruptcy last September. Now the mass exodus is causing an uproar as loyal customers have to find a new place to go.

One mother said she has to find another store for her daughter to pick out her friends' birthday gifts. She said no other store has the same collection of games to choose from.

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said once the Bloomington location officially closes, the search for a new owner will begin.

"It's prime location and it'll be highly desired," said Zach Dietmeier, B-N Economic Development Council's Director of Marketing. That's also a focus of the City of Bloomington lately, and Austin Grammer with the city's economic development."

Dietmeier said he doesn't believe the Bloomington location's closure will cause a dramatic impact on the local economy, because there are plenty of other stores to choose from. The Bloomington store is still running things as usual, with no dramatic discounts.


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