With Toys "R" Us commanding 15% of the toy industry's USA sales, he may well be correct.
The decision to liquidate the company might not be the final chapter if a buyer surfaces who wants to buy some of the stores and operate them as an ongoing business. That includes Babies R Us-branded locations.
Toys "R" Us Inc. told employees that they plan to sell or close all their USA stores. Its catchy jingle, with the refrain "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid", was a long-running television staple.
In January Toys R Us announced plans to close up to 182 of its USA stores, including 11 in New Jersey.
The closing down process will begin with 26 of the biggest loss-making stores that were chosen late past year.
The company missed payments to several suppliers in recent days, Bloomberg reported, prompting some to speculate that liquidation was likely on the horizon.
He said he is also looking into buying as many as 400 USA stores, which he would seek to operate under the Toys R Us name. It outlasted KB Toys, Zany Brainy and Noodle Kidoodle.
The chain - whose history traces back to a post-World War II baby furniture store - has spent many decades as the country's largest dedicated toy emporium.
Moorfields said 25 stores, earmarked for closure before the failure, were due to be shut by close of business on Thursday and the rest would follow at the end of a closing down sale to get rid of existing stock.
Toys R Us was founded in 1957 by American businessman Charles P Lazarus.
It is thought that Moorfields will now begin a six-week "wind down" of the store estate.
"They run it efficiently, and have good leadership".
Silver said he believes there is still a place in the US for a large independent toy chain, citing thriving toy chains overseas like Mastermind Toys in Canada, and Smyths Toys in the United Kingdom. While most retailers saw a boon from a perky holiday shopping season, Toys R Us faced what it called "operational missteps". The decision came after the US -based company failed to find a buyer for its United Kingdom operations while staring down a £15 million ($20,934,450m) VAT tax bill from the United Kingdom government and total debt of £300m ($418,689,000m).
At a Toys R Us store in Bailey's Crossroads, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., numerous shoppers were turning up to spend their gift cards, anxious about the impending closings.
"They are an $11 billion retailer", Portell said.