New Tenant Will Fill Vacancy Left By Toys R Us

Photo by Chris Lundy

TOMS RIVER – Burlington Stores—more popularly known as Burlington Coat Factory—will be moving into Toms River.

The company plans to open a location where Toys R Us operated for decades. That 45,000-square-foot building at Hooper Avenue and Route 571 has been vacant since the store closed last year.

Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in September 2018. The company reemerged in early 2019 as “Tru Kids Brands.” There haven’t been any updates about the company since February.

There was no official date shared as to when Burlington would open its Toms River location. The company website lists store openings through May 2019. Toms River is not listed.

Burlington was founded in 1972 in the New Jersey town of the same name. Since then, it has grown to 631 stores across the United States, including Puerto Rico. Locally, there are stores in Brick, Freehold and Ocean Township.

Burlington offers clothing, home goods and yes, coats, for up to 65 percent retail prices.