Charles P. Lazarus is the D.C. native that founded the company now known as Toys R Us. In 1948 he opened a baby furniture store named Children’s Bargain Town. Two years later, in 1950, he introduced a few select toys to his inventory. It didn’t take long for him to realize that toys, unlike furniture, either broke or fell out of favor with kids rather quickly…so he added a lot more toys and cut back on the furniture.
In 1957 he used the supermarket model of being able to walk around with a cart and shop for whatever caught one’s eye in his first Toys R Us location…on 355 in Rockville, MD.
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The original location was further down than the Mid-Pike plaza location a lot of folks remember, moving to the far left side of the plaza as you face it until the location closed after the 2013 holiday season.
There are currently over 1,500 locations worldwide, but the Gaithersburg location remains the lone-standing MoCo location other than the Clarksburg outlet/express store.
Note: There is still a Babies R Us in Silver Spring.
Personal Note: I used to HATE going into Kids R Us in Rockville knowing that Toys R Us was just on the other side of the wall.
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