Toys R Us' liquidation sale draws shoppers in Wyomissing

'It's so sad. It's heartbreaking.'

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Employees at Berks County's lone Toys R Us store were greeted Friday morning by a line of shoppers waiting for the start of the failing retailer's going-out-of business sale.

"It's so sad. It's heartbreaking, because this store is like an institution. I've been going here my whole life," said Amanda Drangula of Leesport, who was shopping with her young son. "I've been bringing him here for a long time. It's just, it's really sad. It's going to be like a chapter of my life is done."

The New Jersey-based company is offering clearance discounts at all 735 of its stores, including its location in Wyomissing and Babies R Us at Broadcasting Square in neighboring Spring Township.

The company did not say Friday how big the discounts will be or when it expects stores to close. Most of the merchandise in Wyomissing appeared to be offered at a 10-percent discount, with returns no longer being accepted.

The company announced last week that it would close or sell all of its stores after operating from months under bankruptcy protection.

"A lot of these kids aren't going to get to know the big toy store experience... like we did," Drangula said.

Customers will be able to use their gift cards until April 21, but the store will no longer accept coupons. A Toys R Us credit card can also be used, but shoppers won't get the discounts that typically come with it.

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