Farewell FAO: Last day of business at Fifth Avenue toy store
NEW YORK — The FAO Schwarz toy store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue is taking a final bow.
The store is closing its doors for good on Wednesday night — though it may reopen elsewhere in midtown Manhattan.
Owner Toys R Us announced the decision in May, citing costs.
The company has had a New York City location since 1870. It opened the iconic flagship store in 1986.
The Fifth Avenue fixture included a candy store, three levels of specialty toy departments and personal shoppers.
It’s been featured in several movies, including “Big,” where Tom Hanks danced on its large floor piano.
Toys R Us of Wayne, New Jersey, has been privately held since 2005. It bought the FAO Schwarz brand in 2009.