The founder of Toys “R” Us has died, a week after the company announced it was forced to shut down its U.S. operations. Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys “R” Us 70 years ago,… was 94 years old.. Lazarus started the company when he was just 25,… hoping the post-war baby boom would create demand for baby supplies and toys. Recognized as the man who transformed the toy industry from seasonal to year-round,… Lazarus remained the firm’s CEO until 1994.
Charles P. Lazarus, Toys ‘R’ Us Founder, Dies at 94Along the way Mr. Lazarus’s company endeared itself to generations of children, with a lovable mascot in Geoffrey the Giraffeand a hummable jingle — “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid.’’Toys “R” Us became a retailing powerhouse internationally with stores in Spain, Canada and Singapore.He opened his first store dedicated exclusively to toys in 1957and called it Toys “R” Us (though he turned the “R” around to face the other way to make it look like a child had written it).By MICHAEL CORKERYMARCH 22, 2018Charles P. [More]
The founder of Toys “R” Us has died, a week after the company announced it was forced to shut down its U.S. operations. Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys “R” Us 70 years ago,… was 94 years old. Lazarus started the company when he was just 25,… hoping the post-war baby boom would create demand for baby supplies and toys. Recognized as the man who transformed the toy industry from seasonal to year-round,… Lazarus remained the firm’s CEO until 1994.