The liquidation of Toys R Us "is going to have a long-term effect on the toy business", he said. "The industry will truly suffer", Larian said.
Larian is offering US$675 million for the USA stores and US$215 million for the outlets in Canada, he said Friday in a statement.
Nostalgia hasn't translated into dollars in a long-shot effort to crowdfund a future for Toys R Us. He also says he'll pay an additional $215,000,000 for more than 80 Canadian stores. The money will come from his own coffers, other investors and bank financing. It unveiled plans in March to close or sell its 735 stores across the USA, including its Babies "R" Us stores.
Toys R Us said in March that it was closing its 740 USA stores and some overseas operations after struggling under heavy debt and other challenges, but it planned to keep Canadian operations running.
Larian, the CEO of the toy company MGA Entertainment, on Friday bid $890 million for more than 300 Toys R Us stores in the USA and Canada.