FRESNO, California - Toys 'R' Us is shutting down a fifth of its stores, including the location on W. Shaw ave. in northwest Fresno.
The toy store declared bankruptcy in September and plans to close about 20% of its stores.
Company lawyers say Toys 'R' Us has seen increased market competition and sales have been hurt by online shopping.
In a message to its customers posted to its corporate website, Toys 'R' Us CEO David Brandon said they plan to close a number of stores and convert others into co-branded Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores.
"The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company that will provide the level of service and experience you should expect from a market leader," Brandon wrote in his statement.
Store closing sales are expected to start in early February, with the majority of closures happening in mid-April 2018.
Toys 'R' Us says it will still honor its registries, warranties, credit, and loyalty programs.