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Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Expand Global Footprint, Opening More Than 100 Stores, Including New Locations and Conversion of Stores to the Side-by-Side Format

Store Openings Across 21 Countries Worldwide Advance Company’s Long-Term Strategy to Grow Business Operations in International Markets; Furthers Toy and Juvenile Integration Focus

2013-08-19 08:00
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Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced its global store growth for 2013, with the planned opening of more than 100 stores, including new locations, the relocation and conversion of 14 stores to the Side-by-Side format, and 22 new licensed stores. These new stores are located throughout 21 of the 36 countries and jurisdictions in which Toys“R”Us, Inc. currently has a presence through its wholly owned and licensed businesses, and represent the net addition of over 900,000 square feet of retail space to the company’s store portfolio.

The company’s most significant expansion plans for 2013 are in China, where it has already begun operating several of 22 brand-new stores scheduled to open this year. Expanding its business in China has been a priority for Toys“R”Us, Inc., and follows the launch of an e-commerce site and the opening of its first stores in Beijing last year. By the end of the year, the company plans to operate 51 stores in 27 cities throughout China. In October 2011, Toys“R”Us, Inc. acquired the majority stake in its business in Greater China and Southeast Asia from Fung Retailing. With this agreement, the existing Toys“R”Us licensed operations in this region became 70 percent majority owned and controlled by Toys“R”Us, Inc. and 30 percent owned by Fung Retailing.

The second largest area of growth for the company is the United States, where 19 new, converted or relocated stores are planned to open, including nine new Toys“R”Us Outlet stores – the largest number in a single year since it began opening these smaller format stores in 2010 – bringing the total number to 25 outlet locations nationwide.

“Toys“R”Us is recognized globally as THE authority on toys and baby products and we’re pleased to continue growing our store base to make our brand more accessible to parents and kids throughout the world,” said Antonio Urcelay, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “This expansion demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our long-term strategy – advancing our business in international markets with high growth potential and the continued integration of our toy and juvenile products businesses by combining Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us together under one roof.”

Since embarking on its integrated store strategy in 2006, the company has converted approximately 25 percent of its wholly owned global store base to a format that brings the company’s toy and juvenile product offerings together to provide a one-stop shopping experience for parents and caregivers alike. The Side-by-Side format, which originated with Toys“R”Us, Canada, is now present in 15 global markets. Through the execution of its integrated store strategy, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has updated many of its existing locations by renovating the stores’ interiors and exteriors, while bringing both trusted brands under one roof. Concurrently, it has also allowed the company to relocate older stores in select markets to new sites in the current center of retail activity in those areas.

New store sizes vary by country and range from 3,000-60,000 square feet. Below is the full list of new, relocated and converted store locations scheduled to open this year.

Wholly owned markets:

United States:

Ten new, converted or relocated Side-by-Side stores:

  • Upland, CA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Meridian, ID
  • White Plains, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Beavercreek, OH
  • Greenville, SC
  • Garland, TX
  • San Antonio, TX

Nine new Toys“R”Us Outlet locations:

  • Camarillo, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Dawsonville, GA
  • Woodstock, GA
  • Pearl, MS
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Barceloneta, PR
  • Nashville, TN
  • Round Rock, TX

Canada: Six new Side-by-Side stores:

  • Thunder Bay
  • Vaudreuil
  • South Winnipeg
  • Stoney Creek
  • Brantford
  • Decarie

China: 22 new Toys“R”Us stores, including:

  • Jiaxing Xuhui Mall
  • Shenzhen Haiya Mall
  • Hefei Fun Mall
  • Shijiazhuang Lerthai Mall
  • Chongqing Imix Park
  • Tianjin Joy City
  • Beijing Jinyuan Mall
  • Beijing Dream Port (Wucaicheng)
  • Hangzhou Intime Hubin
  • Shenyang Huafa Xingtiandi
  • Chengdu New Century Global
  • Wuhan World City Plaza
  • Chengdu Jinniu Mall
  • Hangzhou Intime West
  • Chongqing Times Paradise Walk
  • Shenyang Joy City
  • Jinhua Yongsheng Mall

France: Two new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Paris
  • Troyes

Germany: One new Toys“R”Us store, and two relocated stores:

  • Aschaffenburg
  • Mannheim
  • Hannover

Hong Kong: Two new Babies“R”Us stores:

  • The Edge Mall
  • iSquare

Japan: Ten new, relocated or converted Side-by-Side stores:

  • Kobe Harborland
  • Sagamihara
  • Nihama
  • Sasebo
  • Funabashi at LaLaPort Tokyo Bay
  • Minato Mirai
  • Morioka-Minami
  • Makuhari-Shintoshin
  • Miyoshi
  • Hankyu-Yamada

Malaysia: Four new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Aeon Bukit Indah
  • Dataran Pahlawan
  • Little Red Cube
  • Tesco Klang

Poland: Four new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Wroclaw
  • Poznan
  • Krakow
  • Lublin

Spain: One new Toys“R”Us store:

  • Huelva

Taiwan: Three new or relocated Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Kaohsiung Zuoying Global Mall
  • Nankan Carrefour
  • Taichung Tiger City

Thailand: Three new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Phuket 2
  • Chiang Mai Promenada
  • Had Yai

United Kingdom: One new Toys“R”Us store:

  • Sydenham

Licensed markets:

Denmark: One new Toys“R”Us store:

  • Viborg

Egypt: One new Toys“R”Us store:

  • Cairo Festival City

Israel: Two new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Beer Shiva
  • Tel Aviv

Norway: Two new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Skien
  • Ski

Philippines: Four new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Imus
  • Ayala Centrio
  • Ayala Cebu
  • Century City Mall

Saudi Arabia: Two new Toys“R”Us stores, plus one converted to the Side-by-Side format:

  • Red Sea Mall
  • Buraiddah-Quaseem
  • Jeddah 2 (converted to the Side-by-Side format)

South Africa: Three new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Morningside Mall
  • Rosebank
  • Lone Hill

South Korea: Seven new Toys“R”Us stores:

  • Sugi
  • Jeju
  • Gimhae Buwon
  • Gunsan
  • Sasang
  • Songdo
  • Pyeongchon

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements that are not historical facts in this press release, including statements about our beliefs or expectations including, but not limited to, store growth expansion, are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, among others, the seasonality of our business, competition in the retail industry, changes in our product distribution mix and distribution channels, general economic factors in the United States and other countries in which we conduct our business, consumer spending patterns, our ability to implement our strategy, the availability of adequate financing, access to trade credit, changes in consumer preferences, changes in employment legislation, our dependence on key vendors for our merchandise, political and other developments associated with our international operations, costs of goods that we sell, labor costs, transportation costs, domestic and international events affecting the delivery of toys and other products to our stores, product safety issues including product recalls, the existence of adverse litigation, changes in laws that impact our business, our substantial level of indebtedness and related debt-service obligations, restrictions imposed by covenants in our debt agreements and other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in our reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which reports and documents should be read in conjunction with this press release). In addition, we typically earn a disproportionate part of our annual operating earnings in the fourth quarter as a result of seasonal buying patterns and these buying patterns are difficult to forecast with certainty. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date when made, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements in light of subsequent events or developments unless required by the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules and regulations. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from anticipated results or outcomes discussed in forward-looking statements.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 660 international stores and over 165 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.



Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Katie Reczek, 973-617-4381
Jennifer Albano, 973-617-5632