I hope this isn't interpreted as stealing Ferg's thunder, but...there's a new Bonus Tracks episode out.
I was not a Toys 'R' Us kid myself, mainly because there wasn't a Toys 'R' Us near us in God-forsaken Bourbonnais, IL. We'd go to Lincoln Mall in Matteson, IL once a month, because we had no malls nearby, and there was a TRU near there, but I think I went there twice. It was a bit out of the way from the mall. (The toy stores I would go to were Kay-Bee and Circus World in the malls.) The first time it was after my brother and I got our Atari 2600, and he really wanted to go there because they had a sale. We ended up getting Trick Shot. I don't remember our second trip there.
Only other thing I remember is that my brother told me that when he was a little kid (he's ten years older than me), it was called Bargain Town. In fact, I remember the sign when you walked in said "Children's Bargain Town." He told me that was a hold-over.
(BTW, Ferg -- regarding the song at the end....Well played!)
I posted on G+. I wasn't a Toy'S'Us kid either! We didn't have these stores in Puerto Rico while I was growing up. In fact, the first store did not open until I was in Medical School! I did, however, get to see the stores when I was in college in Oklahoma and I did buy many games there. The stores I did see before Toys'R'Us were Kay-Bee! Those are gone also! I otherwise got games and toys from Sears, Barkers, and The New York Department Store in my hometown! So, I was an SBT Kid? LOL
there were no Toys weRe Us stores here when i was a kid, like so many things i only saw the adverts in american comics i was reading... but they did start opening near me when my kids were babies, and up until recently i'd take my grandkids there for their crimbo & birthday spending session (i'd whisper to them how much their budget was and leave them to do the maths themselves before they got to the till) i know a lot of people started buying cheaper online, but when i'm with the kids i like being in a physical shop and being able to handle the things i'm buying, and then actually buying them instead of walking out empty handed...
Like Bobbi - I wasn’t exposed to TRU as a kid either. I don’t really have any memories of the store until the 90’s so I’m guessing they didn’t have many stores in the UK till then (?). When the first Tamagotchi was released here I was very intrigued and went to a TRU as they were one of the only places with stock. That was 1997. The year after, my daughter was born and so that was the start of the period where I was buying baby and child stuff there. So for someone from the UK I think it would be my daughters generation that would have fond TRU memories. In fact I have a memory of going with my first son there on a ‘spending spree’. He’d filled up a ‘piggy bank’ with pocket/birthday money over about 6 months and we smashed it with a hammer and went to TRU. I remember that was a really exciting day for him and it was fun for me too.