His name is Charles Lazarus, the man who founded the iconic toy store which is getting ready to liquidate after 4 decades has passed away at the age of 94. Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us, passed a week after the company announced it will be forced to shut down its U.S. operations.
He started the company in 1948 when he was 25, anticipating that the post-war baby boom would create demand for baby supplies and toys. He remained CEO until 1994. I think it's safe to say most of us have either heard of Toys R Us, or have had personal experiences with one.
I remember as a little kid being bribed with the latest action hero figure if I did well in school because for me Toys R Us was like the holy grail of stores. RIP to a great man who impacted kids and and the world alike. More on this here.
There have been many sad moments for Toys"R"Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family and loved ones.— ToysRUs (@ToysRUs) March 22, 2018
In 1948, Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus returned from WWII and heard all his war buddies saying they were headed home to start families. His instincts told him it was a good time to open a store that sold baby items. He was right. https://t.co/nMQ9IuKwnC— NorthJersey.com (@northjersey) March 22, 2018
This is sad timing. Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys "R" Us 70 years ago, died Monday, a week after the company announced it's going out of business pic.twitter.com/fYguiR640y— Jamison Uhler (@JamisonWFTS) March 22, 2018
Sad news from the Toy World. I received a phone call from Mike Goldstein informing me that Charles Lazarus founder of ToysRUs passed away this morning. Charles spent 50 years as a leader and innovator in the toy industry. We will all miss Charles.https://t.co/s6KcRtLsis pic.twitter.com/wziMlT1Vst— Jim Silver (@jimsilver) March 22, 2018
It made me sad hearing about Charles Lazarus death.. he died with a broken heart bc of of his company :/— كيلسي (@kelseyxpotterr) March 22, 2018
RIP Charles Lazarus. Thanks for giving us a store that will forever be a part of our memories. Shame future generations won't be able to enjoy the same. #ToysRUs— Jared & Sarah Soden (@JAREDandSARAH) March 22, 2018
The spirit of Charles Lazarus will live on. Just not through his physical body...or Toys R' Us since theyre finished— Kenny Whiteman (@kenny_whiteman) March 22, 2018