Toys ‘R’ Us recently announced plans to hold a nationwide return to Macy’s stores across the United States this fall, including a pop-up offering at Memorial City Mall in Houston. Coinciding with this expansion, the once-dominant toy chain is suing Toyz – a local toy seller with three Houston-area locations and a Online Store-for trademark infringement, accusing the SME of having copied its logo, according to a report by ABC 13’s Miya Shay.
Toyz owner Farida Afzal opened the business in the Sharpstown Mall in 2003 after immigrating to Houston from Pakistan. His son Muhammad Afzal said toy stores co-existed in the mall until Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy in 2017. “We were right downstairs. Same mall. Same everything. You could see us downstairs, no one ever came to see us,” he told ABC 13.