Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe is officially retiring Friday after 53 years of welcoming kids to the once iconic and ubiquitous toy store.

All remaining Toys R Us locations will shut their doors for good Friday, including the Killeen location - the shelves of which have been pretty much bare for weeks now.

A visit to Toys R Us was a huge deal when I was growing up. We didn't have much money when I was a kid, so mom made a big show of taking me to Toys R Us on my birthday and saying I could pick one big thing. I'd spend what felt like the entire day making what was, at that time, a crucial decision.

It wasn't just a place to get stuff, though. When I was young, there were a lot more interactive displays at Toys R Us. You could play the newest games, challenge other kids in Pogs or Pokemon, and even ride some of the bikes and little electric Jeeps. It was like going to a miniature amusement park.

I didn't want to grow up. I was a Toys R Us kid.


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