First opened: 1922
KB Toys began in Pittsfield as a family-owned business, Kaufman Brothers. After getting into the toy business in the ‘40s, it changed its name to Kay-Bee Toy & Hobby Stores, then to KB Toys in the ‘90s. The company at one time operated 1,200 stores worldwide, and had around 26 stores in Massachusetts at the time of its bankruptcy. It filed for Chapter 11 protection in December 2008 and began liquidation sales that ended in February 2009.