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Teesside's Toys R Us store will stay open.

Byline: KELLEY PRICE kelley.price@trinitymirror.com @kelleyprice_gaz

TROUBLED toy retailer Toys R Us has confirmed its Teesside branch will stay open - as the axe falls on other UK stores.

Worried Teesside shoppers clamoured to collect their "layaway" toys from the struggling retailer.

But the chain says there will be "no disruption" to customers over Christmas and New Year. An unconfirmed post on Facebook caused the rush at Teesside Park's store on Sunday, with pictures showing massive queues of customers wanting to pick up orders.

It came after a post which said layaway items were no longer safe.

But the chain has confirmed Teesside Park's branch is NOT among those stores to be ticket in this postcode Ffestiniog shuttered in the New Year.

Toys R Us offers a Take Time to Pay Agreement for customers buying goods - and has said customer policies would continue as normal.

The Facebook post read: "If you have layaways at Toys R Us at Teesside we have been informed that, due to their financial difficulties and planned closure of 25 warehouse stores, layaways are no longer safe.

"Advice is you must collect them tomorrow or you risk losing your child's presents and potentially ruining Christmas."

Posters on Incidents on Teesside and Facebook page said: "It's probably not true but if I had things on layaway I wouldn't take the risk."

Another said: "I rang the store yesterday and they said it's a rumour and it's got out of hand."

A Toys R Us spokesperson said: "All stores across the UK remain open for business as normal through Christmas and well into the New Year. All customer policies will continue as normal.

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Queues developed at the Toys R Us store on Teesside Park on Sunday after a Facebook post suggested orders were not safe INCIDENTS ON TEESSIDE

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Dec 5, 2017
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