Toys R Us toys coming back...to Kroger stores

"Geoffrey's Toy Box" debuts in Marketplace stores

Did you see the sad Geoffrey meme, as the longtime Toys R Us mascot stood in an empty store, saying good-bye this past summer?

The good news is that Geoffrey is smiling again, because he is coming back to Kroger grocery stores.

"We're really excited," Kroger spokeswoman Erin Rolfes said. "We brought 'Geoffrey's Toy Box' back, and we brought it here to Kroger, and we are letting folks shop like when they were kids, and letting them bring Geoffrey home for the holidays."

Rolfes says 600 Kroger Marketplace stores -- along with select Ralph's, Fred Meyer, and Smith's supermarkets that it also owns -- are adding "Geoffrey's Toy Box" sections this holiday season.

Toys were exclusive to Toys R Us

The pop-stores will will feature 35 items that used to be sold only at the giant toy store.

For former Toys R Us kids like Susan Meyers, it's bringing back good memories.

"It's nice, because some of the kids growing up can have it now," Meyers said, looking over several dolls in the collection.

These brands were all exclusive to Toys R Us. That meant that when the entire chain shut down this past summer, these brands were gone as well. Until now.

The Kroger selection includes toys from Imaginarium, Journey Girls, True Heroes and You and Me dolls, for both girls and boys. They are priced from $19 to $49.

Kroger hopes to bring some of that lost magic back to your local grocery stores.

"I remember as a kid flipping through the toy book and circling items," Rolfes said, "and we hope to bring some of that feel back here to Cincinnati."

The toys will be sold locally at the Oakley, Newport, Anderson Township and other Marketplace stores.

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