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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Toys R Us store in Rapid City is among 180 being closed around the country, but the store in Sioux Falls will remain open.

Toys R Us is being squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart. It will begin closing about 20 percent of its U.S. stores starting in February.   At least five of those stores are in western Pennsylvania.  Those include:

  • Erie
  • Monaca
  • Monroeville
  • Pittsburgh
  • Washington

The New Jersey-based company once dominated toy sales in the U.S. But it’s hobbled by $5 billion in debt and filed for bankruptcy protection in September.

Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon said in a letter Wednesday that tough decisions are required to save Toys R Us.

 

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