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In a post on its official Facebook page on Friday, Toys "R" Us" asked customers to "stay tuned" for news and information on "the next chapter for Geoffrey and the iconic Toys "R' Us brands".

As Toys "R" Us stores across the country prepare to close for good Friday night, an employee at the Raleigh location told CBS they would not be open on the final day of business.

"Thanks to each of you who shared your unbelievable journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who's built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something gooey", the message said.

Another poster has a letter from Geoffrey that reads: 'One day, all of us will get separated from each other. There was also the heavy debt load Toys R Us had to bear after the company was purchased by private-equity firms Bain Capital and KKR & a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

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The company announced earlier this year that all stores would close and had been slashing prices leading up to the final closing. Days before filing for bankruptcy, Toys "R" Us executives drew millions in bonuses, a scenario that didn't sit well with rank-and-file workers.

Curious shoppers checked out the stores, looking for last-minute deals and mementos from the long-time toy retailer. An auction for the company's name, baby shower registry and various trademarks is set for late July.

A young plays in an empty isle of a Toys R Us store in Houston on Thursday, June 28, 2018. "They likely went through the Raleigh liquidator", the employee said.

"If I'm sad about anything", added Gene Adams, "It's the loss of jobs for the people who work there". "I was surrounded by children".

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