Perhaps this isn’t as pressing an issue now with the economy on the downswing, but we’ve wondered for a while now why Bend doesn’t have a Toys "R" Us. It seems like we have most other major stores—even Trader Joe’s—so why not a Toys "R" Us?
Well, we were visiting that very store in Portland this weekend and asked. (We always ask when we go there.) The answer? Toys "R" Us did plan a Bend store—they even own property here. But they decided to hold off on building because of…
Since they apparently couldn’t get the sign they wanted, TRU so far hasn’t elected to build in Bend.
The caveat, of course, is that it’s hearsay—even from a TRU manager—so take it as such. I did a cursory search in DIAL for a Toys "R" Us entity but didn’t turn anything up—though of course it’s likely lodged under some corporate name, if so.
Interesting if true, though.