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Huntington Station Toys 'R' Us Closing

Manager says store to begin liquidation the day after Christmas.

For many, shopping at the Toys 'R' Us store in Huntington Station has been part of the holiday agenda for decades — but it all ends Monday.

Store officials confirmed to Patch that the retail giant is moving out.

"We are closing, that is correct," said Rob, a store manager who did not disclose his last name. "We are starting liquidation Monday. When we close? We will not know the exact date on that."

According to one source, the store is being forced to close Jan. 25 due to the inability to reach an agreement with the present landlord. The manager at the store could not confirm the report.

"I can refer you to media relations and they can give you that information," said Rob.

Located at 350 Route 110 in Huntington Station, the toy store has been a fixture in the community for many years.

"Toys R Us has been in this community for approximately 30 years," said one regular customer in an e-mail to Patch. "Many families are now second-generation Toys 'R' Us kids and will certainly miss the events and the shopping experience that Toys 'R' Us strives to provide for our community." 

It is the latest in a recent string of .

Lowe's announced Oct. 17 that is pulling out of a deal to build a 103,000-square-foot home-improvement store and a 26,500-square foot garden center for the vast site formerly occupied by the iconic  in Huntington Station, which closed in 2007. 

Scott December 24, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Oh come on, another store closing because of landlord issues? Isn't this why B&N is closing? Maybe the town should step in and try to stop our losing these businesses.
Mike Richter December 24, 2011 at 05:48 PM
I'm sure some other retail business will pay the landlord, I don't see why the town has to get involved. With Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Target, I don't see how Toys R Us can compete anyway.
Bobby Jaxx December 24, 2011 at 06:09 PM
That's two stores in the same shopping center......what's up with this landlord?
Steven Rossetti December 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM
The unfortunate reality is that we are at the beinging of what will be the closing of many more retail stores. Business has been changing over the past few years and from a commercial real estate prospective, we say that Bricks are out and Clicks are in. You can thank your computer for this. Business owners need to rethink their business models. Even a small store in a local downtown has to embrace the idea that they need to sell products and services locally and globally. This phenomenon is not the fault of landlords or government.
Big_E December 26, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Absolutely the town needs to try to do something to save our stores. First Barnes and Nobles. Now Toys R Us. Same shopping center. The landlord thinks he can get higher rent, or make more by splitting up the stores. But without big anchor stores, the smaller businesses will suffer too. I would hate to see the smaller businesses in that shopping center go out, because we lose the bigger ones. Has there been any comment from our "leaders"? And let's not forget Lowe's, which tore down the Town House, then pulled out, leaving a disgusting construction site in its wake.
Mike Richter December 26, 2011 at 02:15 PM
It is too bad that the Lowe's deal fell through. Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble are more a victim to failing business models than high landlord prices.
Kim December 26, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Wonder what the 2 store closings in the next month will do to the ever increasing unemployment rate. http://huntington.patch.com/articles/huntington-employment-unemployment-increases-in-suffolk-since-last-oct
Christine December 26, 2011 at 10:54 PM
It will start a domino effect. With less foot traffic the smaller stores like Applebee's, 5 Guys, Hallmark etc will lose customers and they will be adversely affected. Two anchor stores lost their lease? Can Bed Bath & Beyond be next? I think something else is at play here.
Kirstin December 27, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Have heard that the landlord is looking to subdivide the B&N space into several smaller retail stores in the hopes of ultimately creating a shopping center similar to Woodbury Commons on Jericho Tpke. Don't what that may mean for the other retailers in the same strip...
Diane Schaber December 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM
always shop that center, start at Petstore, for food and treats, Hallmark for all my "special things" on to TRS, always a great sale, then ByeBye Baby for the little ones :) Bed Bath and Beyond is my favorite, along with Dress Barn, for those of us who cant shop at "teenstores", then grab a bite, either a great burger, or applebees, then end at the bookstore :( (never went to Lesters-too expensive) Now where do I go
Jim R. December 27, 2011 at 02:37 PM
That is just awful... but not shocking. Think about the two stores that are leaving that shopping center, B&N and Toys R Us. Items from those stores can be purchased much cheaper online. Both retailers probably projected that the increase in lease rates over 10 years (just for an example) will outpace their projected sales growth.
Big_E December 27, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Barnes & Noble, yes. Books are easier and cheaper to get on-line than in the stores. But toys? I don't know many people who go toy shopping on-line. You want to see the toy, compare it to other similar toys, etc. You may need to buy batteries with the toy...losing both these stores is very disappointing.
Larry December 27, 2011 at 02:58 PM
The good news is that Don Pius is planning on putting multiple substandard multi-tenent properties on the Lowe's, B & N and Toys R Us sites so all is well in Huntington!
Diane Schaber December 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM
easier to shop online? maybe for the 50+ groups and younger , but alot of our older community do not use computers to shop
Jim R. December 27, 2011 at 07:39 PM
@Big_E - shopping for toys online is much, much, much more common and easier than you think. @Diane- that is unfortunate and sadly, retailers don't view the "older community" as the demographic they should market to.
Andrea December 27, 2011 at 08:06 PM
As far as I know Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble aren't closing stores in other locations -so the idea that they are the victim of changing business models may not be as relevant as in other situations with boutique or mom & pop type independent stores - both stores also have significant online operations to support sales as well - anyone have any specific info on what is going on with the landlord???
Kimberly Glutz December 27, 2011 at 08:53 PM
I heard that there are 100-120 Sears and Kmarts closing, what is the status with our locations in Huntington? Any news? There seems to be empty storefronts everywhere these days. It's unfortunate.
Rich Jacques (Editor) December 27, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Sears and Kmart have not announced which stores are closing yet.
Brian December 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Looks to me as if Lowes may be behind the scene planning with landlord to take over entire plot.
Jim R. December 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
@Brian - That is extremely unlikely. Lowes is finished.
michelle December 30, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Blockbuster, Checkers and next is book revue
Babaloo December 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM
I agree. The retail world is evolving. The only constant in life is change.
dg January 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Why didn't we try to keep the businesses like Toy R Us and Barnes and Noble bookstore in Huntington? The Town of Huntington should have made some sort of deal with Federal Realty to keep the rents from going up for these businesses and other smaller businesses located on the same property. Obviously the town of Huntington doesn't care about keeping businesses alive in Huntington or keeping jobs in Huntington. Don't forget with all these businesses closing up, many people are losing their jobs. Let's get rid of all the old Town of Huntington Board members and replace them with individuals that care about keeping jobs and businesses alive in the Town of Huntington. Now is the time to act. Let's make our voices heard at the next Town of Huntington meeting before it's too late. If we don't do something, our town will become desolate and people will go elsewhere to spend their money. dg
Kirstin January 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Oops.. I meant to say that today is Penzey's last day...sorry...
Kirstin January 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
FYI---Today is Penzey's (the spice store in the same area) day...they will be relocating to Carle Place on Glen Cove Road. I agree with dg; the Town of Huntington needs to wake up and do something to keep a variety of stores in our area that are accessible and affordable for all who live in the community. I know that Toys R Us added many jobs to our community each and every holiday season as well as providing employment for our highschoolers. I have heard that the Toys R Us location may become a Nordstrom Rack...just what we really need another clothing store...aren't there enough of those in the mall???!!! Frank Petrone you need to wake up and realize what is happening to the Town of Huntington!!! Look at Jericho Turnpike---car dealership after car dealership along with service businesses that cater to them (car parts stores, tire stores, car washes etc.). Is this really what you want for the Town of Huntington and in particular, Huntington Station???!!!
Robert W January 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
If you think Frank Petrone cares about Huntington Station you are sadly mistaken! Actually none of the town board live in the station so none of them care. They all claim to care about whats going on but their actions speak MUCH LOUDER than their words!
carole January 30, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Try sending your councilpeople an email or calling their office...do not hold your breath waiting for them to call you back or respond. Valid point about the spice store leaving as well...what's the deal?!
Big_E January 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM
@Robert: "Actually none of the town board live in the station so none of them care" is exactly why I supported council districts when we had that vote, and why I STILL support them. Hunt Sta has no representation.
mike nolan May 04, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Sí, necesitamos más restaurantes mexicanos y mexicanas las tiendas de habla hispana en el área .. Hay tiendas no es suficiente latinos, todo el mundo sabe que apoyamos a toda la comunidad de Huntington ..! ;) Visita: http://Bearishly.com

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