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For some reason I thought KB Toys went out of business years ago.  Guess it was a regional closing that I remember. In any case, the company has filed for Chapter 11 and will close its doors.

KB intends to close its retail stores — consisting of 277 shopping mall locations, 114 outlets, 40 KB Toy Works stores, and 30 holiday stores — and sell its wholesale distribution business.

The only good thing about KB was that you could go into one of the stores in the mall, and find that action figure from 5 years ago that had sold out at Target and Wal-Mart when the toy was first released.

via TNI

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5 Comments

  1. Tecrogue
    December 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    Yeah, I remember when both KB Toys in my area closed.. it was a sad day…

  2. Gaumer
    December 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm — Reply

    I got a sweet ass Panda stuffed animal there for my wife when we were just dating oh so many years ago.

    I will miss them

    I hope they have a huge sale :)

  3. December 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    I remember when the one here locally closed, too. That was sad. I used to love that store — even though everything was cheaper at Wal-Mart and, well, pretty much everywhere that wasn’t paying mall rent.

    They did always manage to have the toys that’d sold out everywhere else, though. And, usually, they’d be on clearance for some sort of ridiculously low price.

    I’m sad to hear they’re going away for good — you know, even though I haven’t been in one for eons …

    I haven’t been in one for eons. Dead God, maybe this is my fault! If only I’d shopped there more often, perhaps they could’ve remained financially solvent! Oh, what have I done … ?!

  4. December 12, 2008 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    This sucks. I thought I was busy as it was as a department manager of Toys at a Walmart* Super Center and now I hear one of the competitors is going down? I’ll be swamped!!!!!

    I did tell a lot of customers today to keep their ears out for any liquidation sales announced soon from KB…

  5. tool
    December 13, 2008 at 10:54 am — Reply

    There didn’t used to BE Wal-Marts and Targets everywhere, esp. out West. Kay Bee was the main place for the toys.

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