In 1948, war veteran Charles Lazarus opened his first baby furniture store, Children's Bargain Town, in Washington, D.C.
Two years later, Lazarus began to sell toys and he soon realised that unlike furniture, toys fell out of fashion or broke - prompting parents to return to the store to buy more.
In June 1957, he restructured his business and opened his first store solely dedicated to toys - creating the Toys R Us brand.
By the early 1980s Toys R Us looked to diversify and the company branches out into children's clothing when it opened Kids R Us stores in Paramus, New Jersey, and Brookyln, New York.
The firm also went international when it opened outlets in Canada and Singapore.
The chain came to the UK in 1985 and now boasts 105 outlets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.