Toys“R”Us completes its new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France

State-of-the-Art Distribution Center Combines Three Previous Fulfillment Facilities, Plus New Headquarters for Toys“R”Us, France, into All-Encompassing Support Complex

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the completion of its new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France to support the company’s rapidly expanding e-commerce business throughout the country and in select sections of Europe. The 51,000-square-meter (550,000-square-foot) facility will service retail distribution to the country’s 48 store locations and e-commerce operations throughout France, as well as expedite online order fulfillment to customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco. Located approximately 47 kilometers (29 miles) south of Paris, the logistics campus became operationally functional in late May, and the adjacent headquarters for Toys“R”Us, France is scheduled to open on June 22. The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus, inclusive of the fulfillment center and headquarters office, will employ approximately 350 full- and part-time employees at the peak of the holiday season.

“Integrating our three previous fulfillment centers in France into one central logistics hub creates greater operational efficiencies for our business, while allowing us to better serve our customers through our growing omnichannel capabilities in Europe,” said Antonio Urcelay, CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus provides us with a single point of distribution from which to ensure the hottest toys and baby products are always available for consumers, whenever, wherever and however they choose to shop with us.”

Chosen for its strategic location near Paris, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus features more than 20 receiving areas, nearly 60 shipping docks and services up to 80 trucks per day. The building contains a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly automated conveyor system, significantly increasing overall service and storage capacity. As a result of these enhancements, inbound and outbound transport from the facility will be greatly streamlined. Customers throughout France will benefit from the augmented rapidity, product availability and overall quality of product preparation, whether shopping in-store or online.

Developed by IDI Gazeley (Brookfield Logistics Properties), one of the world’s leading investors and developers of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus also features office space that will serve as the company’s headquarters for France. In addition, the facility has built in additional storage space for potential future expansion.

To download high-resolution images of the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus, please visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sd82b1da35674ba98.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 866 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 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 includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.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 66,000 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 atFacebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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David A. Brandon to succeed Antonio Urcelay as Chairman and CEO Toys“R”Us, Inc.

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today announced the appointment of David A. Brandon, a highly accomplished leader of global businesses, as Chairman and CEO, effective July 1, succeeding Antonio Urcelay, who will retire from the company.

Brandon, 63, has deep experience in growing businesses, developing talent and building high-performance cultures that enable organizations to create and capture value. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s Pizza for 11 years, he led the company to unprecedented profit growth and the successful completion of the largest initial public offering in restaurant history, which subsequently doubled Domino’s enterprise value to $2.5 billion. Brandon has remained Chairman of the Board of Domino’s as the company has further grown its value to over $7 billion. Prior to this, Brandon was President and Chief Executive Officer of Valassis Communications for nine years, a period during which he made significant improvements in its operational performance and led the company’s transition from a private family-owned business to a publicly traded industry leader of media and marketing services. He most recently served for nearly five years as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

Regarding his new role, Brandon said, “I consider it a tremendous privilege to assume this important leadership role at Toys“R”Us, one of the most well-known retail brands in the world. And, I feel fortunate to be succeeding such an experienced and accomplished leader as Antonio. I believe our best days are ahead of us and I’m eager to get started. Meeting our employees and vendors is something I very much look forward to, as we begin to work together to drive future growth and create memorable shopping experiences for our customers.”

Urcelay, 63, joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 1996 and was appointed Chairman and CEO in November 2013, after directing the organization’s European business for many years. Under his leadership, the company embarked upon its “TRU Transformation” strategy to position the business for sustainable long-term growth and leveraged its international scale in instituting a global approach to doing business.

Urcelay said, “It has been an honor to lead our 66,000 team members around the world for the past two years, capping what has been a wonderful 19 years of working with this great company. I am very proud of the progress we have made and the positive results we are already experiencing on the road to fully transforming the business. In my heart, I will always be a Toys“R”Us kid and you can be sure that I will be applauding the team’s many successes as the journey continues. Dave is exactly the right leader to take the company into the future, and I am fully confident that under his excellent leadership the team will accomplish many wonderful things.”

“Toys“R”Us has made significant progress in transforming the business in recent years. It must continue to execute its strategic plan and grow earnings, while energizing its authority position in the market through innovation,” the Toys“R”Us, Inc. Board of Directors said in a joint statement. “Dave Brandon has an exceptional track record of driving growth, operational performance and profitability in global businesses, while elevating brands and seizing opportunities in highly competitive markets. He is a charismatic and passionate leader with a deep commitment to developing talent and driving a team culture focused on achieving measurable results. We are excited to bring Dave’s leadership, skills and vision to Toys“R”Us at this important juncture, and grateful to Antonio for his service and many contributions to the company during a time of significant change and reinvention.”

To download a high-resolution headshot of Dave Brandon, please visit:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s2f1d4cc11524563a.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 866 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 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 includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.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 66,000 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements that are not historical facts in this press release, including statements about our beliefs or expectations, 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, birth rates, our ability to implement our strategy including implementing initiatives for season, our ability to recognize cost savings, marketing strategies, 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. We believe that all forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions when made; however, we caution that it is impossible to predict actual results or outcomes or the effects of risks, uncertainties or other factors on anticipated results or outcomes and that, accordingly, one should not place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were 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 any forward-looking statement.

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Toys“R”Us, Inc. provides an update on its strategy to improve the company’s operational performance

Leadership Team Outlines Next Phase of Company’s Strategic Plan, Focusing on Further Transforming the Customer Experience, Optimizing e-Commerce, Growing Internationally and Leveraging Its Global Scale to Drive Category Leadership and Differentiation; Company Plans to Take an Aggressive Approach to Right-Sizing the Cost Structure of the Business and Designing a More Streamlined, Efficient Organization

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-3-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — At presentations today for investors, industry analysts and the media, Toys“R”Us, Inc. provided an update on its strategy to improve the company’s operational performance, as it continues its work to position the business for long-term profitable growth. Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.; Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S.; and Mike Short, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., delivered a comprehensive review of the company’s fiscal 2014 performance and discussed the next phase of its “TRU Transformation” strategy.

“A year ago, we introduced a new strategic plan, with initial efforts concentrated on strengthening the foundation of the company so revenue and profits can grow in the future,” Mr. Urcelay said. “During 2014, we made steady progress in implementing this plan, successfully delivering on our commitment to slow sales decline, stabilize cash flow and improve EBITDA. We also made significant process and organizational improvements, addressing a number of important executional issues. As a result, during the year, global Internet sales continued to grow, benefitting from our strengthened omnichannel fulfillment model, U.S. margin improved due to disciplined promotional activity and inventory management, and customer satisfaction metrics confirmed that changes we have been making provided a better shopping experience in-store and online. During the year, we also grew our international presence, strengthened our leadership team and formalized a global approach to doing business. Still, we know there is far more work to be done.”

Mr. Urcelay continued, “Our strategy remains the same, but will evolve in 2015 as we continue to strengthen the foundation of the company in order to achieve sustainable growth in the future. We anticipate this will be another year of significant change and we will take aggressive steps in the months ahead to further right-size the cost structure of the business. This includes designing a more streamlined organization that will allow us to create greater operational efficiencies across our global organization.”

During 2015, the objective of the company’s “TRU Transformation” strategy will be to continue to slow the company’s sales decline, strengthen margin and improve EBITDA to effectively position the business to become fit for growth. Company-wide efforts will focus on four key priorities:

  • Continue to transform the customer experience in-store and online. Initiatives underway to improve the shopping experience for customers will expand over the course of the year. Additional stores have been identified for investments in interior and exterior physical improvements, and the elevated maintenance and lighting standards introduced last year will continue in all stores. The company is also placing a renewed focus on its Babies“R”Us business, in order to strengthen its specialist position in differentiated service, products and offerings. In advancing its goal to become a more customer-centric business, consumer insights will help guide the company in making service and selling improvements, and a deeper integration with its loyalty program will be concentrated on driving more special occasion visits year-round.
  • Optimize the e-commerce business. Now, with an over $1.2 billion global e-commerce business, the company’s focus is to continue to grow profitably online. An end-to-end assessment of the online business is underway to identify key areas for functionality and process improvements. In the coming year, the company plans to further strengthen its omnichannel capabilities, including in-store pickup and ship from store execution, especially during the peak holiday season. Mobile growth has rapidly become the most important driver of its e-commerce traffic, with 57% of Toys“R”Us, U.S. digital visits coming from a mobile or tablet device. The company plans to work quickly to advance its mobile capabilities to better serve the needs of its customers.
  • Grow internationally and leverage global scale to drive category leadership and differentiation.Toys“R”Us has a strong international presence across 36 countries outside of the U.S. Over the coming year, the company expects to continue to grow internationally, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. It will also fully leverage its scale and worldwide presence to deliver a coordinated and strategic approach to key merchandising decisions.
  • Right-size the cost structure and design a more efficient, streamlined organization. As part of its Fit for Growth initiative, the company continues to seek substantial cost and working capital savings opportunities through process and operating model improvements. Last year, the company identified potential cost savings of $150-200 million primarily in U.S. SG&A and cost of goods. Over $100 million of this was achieved in fiscal 2014 and the additional $50-100 million is expected to be fully realized by fiscal 2016. In addition, the company recently identified $50-75 million of potential savings in its international operations, which it expects to achieve by the end of fiscal 2016.
  • Associated with these saving opportunities, the leadership team shared that organizational changes and cost-cutting measures are currently underway across its global business. As the company continues to develop high-performing, highly engaged, diverse talent, a more streamlined structure will be fully aligned with strategic priorities and clearly articulated performance expectations.

    • Consistent with how many retailers operate, the company recently made the decision to outsource certain elements of its Operations Accounting and Fixed Assets functions in the U.S. and Canada to a third-party provider, allowing the company to realize cost savings and process improvements.
    • In order to drive stronger harmonization and create greater efficiencies across its business in Europe, Toys“R”Us is moving from a decentralized country-by-country leadership structure to a more centralized pan-European approach. In doing so, a new European Management Board will provide leadership and assume overall responsibility for the company’s business operations across the continent. New management boards in each country will handle all local issues and will represent the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in their respective markets. The members of the Country Board, which include operations, finance, buying and marketing roles, will report directly into the functional leadership members of the European Management Board.
    • Like all retailers, the company regularly analyzes the performance of its physical locations to ensure they are meeting the needs of the business. Since the beginning of 2015, it has closed approximately a dozen stores in the U.S., primarily due to lease expirations, and has no plans at this time to close a significant number of stores during the balance of the year. The company continues to open stores in opportunistic markets, including China and Southeast Asia, where rapid growth continues.
    • No near-term debt. The company recently completed the successful refinancing of $1.4 billion of its near-term debt maturities and now, has no significant outstanding debt repayments due until 2017.

To learn more about the “TRU Transformation” strategic update, please visit the company’s corporate website, Toysrusinc.com, where it has posted presentation materials.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 872 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 725 international stores and over 235 licensed stores in 36 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements that are not historical facts in this press release, including statements about our beliefs or expectations, 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, birth rates, our ability to implement our strategy including implementing initiatives for season, our ability to recognize cost savings, marketing strategies, 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 under Item1A entitled “RISK FACTORS” of Toys“R”Us, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10‐K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014 and its other reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive, and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in those reports and documents. We believe that all forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions when made; however, we caution that it is impossible to predict actual results or outcomes or the effects of risks, uncertainties or other factors on anticipated results or outcomes and that, accordingly, one should not place undue reliance on these statements. Forward‐looking statements speak only as of the date they were 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 any forward‐looking statement.

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For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Communications at 973-617-5888, 646-366-8823 or waughk@toysrus.com

Linda Connors, Manager, Corporate Communications at 973-617-4398 or Linda.Connors@toysrus.com

Toys“R”Us, Inc. to hold presentation for the investment community on March 24

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-3-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced that it will hold a presentation for the investment community on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30pm ET, hosted by Antonio Urcelay, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc., Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S., and Mike Short, Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. During the event, executives will provide an update on the company’s “TRU Transformation” strategy, including 2014 progress and business results, as well as key priorities for 2015.

Lenders, investors and prospective investors are invited to tune in to the presentation using the following dial-in information or webcast link:

(855) 249-5632
Conference ID # 2566600
http://engage.vevent.com/rt/toysrus~3.24.15

Presentation materials will also be available on the company’s corporate website at Toysrusinc.com.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 872 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 725 international stores and over 235 licensed stores in 36 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.

For more information please contact:

Lenders and Note Investors:
Chetan Bhandari, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasurer at 973-617-5841 or Chetan.Bhandari@toysrus.com

Media:
Kathleen Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Communications at 973-617-5888, 646-366-8823 or waughk@toysrus.com

Toys“R”Us® expands its ongoing support of Special Olympics and pledged its continued leadership in advocating for children of all abilities around the world

Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Provides $1.25 Million Grant in Support of 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles; Company Pledges Additional $500,000 Grant to Aid in Global Growth of Special Olympics Young Athletes™ Program; U.S. Shoppers Can Help Children Enjoy the Thrill of #MyFirstSportsMoment through In-Store Giving Campaign Beginning Saturday, January 31

WAYNE, N.J., 2015-1-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced a significant expansion of its ongoing support of Special Olympics and pledged its continued leadership in advocating for children of all abilities around the world. With a $1.25 million commitment from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, the company will serve as a sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will welcome 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, to Los Angeles, CA from July 25 to August 2. Held every two years, the World Games is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement and will be the year’s largest sports and humanitarian event. The 2015 World Games marks the first time in 16 years that the Summer World Games have been held in the U.S.

As part of the partnership expansion, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has also awarded a $500,000 grant to Special Olympics to advance the organization’s ambitious five-year plan to strengthen and expand the Young Athletes Program in the U.S. and across the globe, so kids everywhere can experience the thrill of sports while learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more. This inclusive, innovative play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities helps kids ages 2½ to 7, develop critical early cognitive, social and motor skills and introduces them to the world of sports.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Toys“R”Us also introduced a new initiative designed to ensure children of all abilities can experience their #MyFirstSportsMoment. The company will kick off an in-store and online fundraising campaign beginning Saturday, January 31, during which monetary donations will be collected at all Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com/SpecialOlympics through Tuesday, March 31. Additionally, the company will celebrate the littlest Special Olympics athletes on its official social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitt er and Instagram, encouraging consumers to share their #MyFirstSportsMoment memories and experiences. One hundred percent of customer donations received as part of the fundraising campaign will be directed to Special Olympics, and will be used to support the 2015 World Games as well as the expansion of the Young Athletes Program.

“As a company with stores in 37 countries, it is our honor to be part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, as well as to provide our enthusiastic support in bringing the Young Athletes Program to more children across the globe,” said Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The Toys“R”Us family has long been a champion of children with special needs, and we have great respect for the work being done by Special Olympics to create an inclusive world for all.”

“Special Olympics and Toys“R”Us have a tremendous legacy of working together and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship on such a global scale,” said Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics. “We’re incredibly grateful for the support of Toys“R”Us and for its continued leadership in helping us advocate for children with and without intellectual abilities. The ‘#My First Sports Moment’ initiative will allow us to reach more children to give them the opportunity to experience the transformative power and joy of Special Olympics sports.”

For many years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with the company, has directed grants to Special Olympics to support the organization’s Young Athletes Program. Most recently, it provided $1 million to become the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and with an additional $250,000 grant was also Presenting Sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run held in conjunction with those Games.

For more information about #MyFirstSportsMoment, please visit Toysrus.com/SpecialOlympics.

For program videos and still photos visit, please click here.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, OUE, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, Google, UPS, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, Panda Express, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

About the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program

Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.

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Toys“R”Us, Inc. reported an increase in gross margin dollars for the year-to-date and holiday periods compared to the prior year as a result of the its improved promotional and pricing strategy

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today reported its comparable store net sales and gross margin results for the year-to-date and nine-week holiday periods ended January 3, 2015.

Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., said, “I am pleased with our year-to-date performance and the actions we have taken to strengthen and transform the Company.  These results reflect the successful execution of our strategic plan to rationalize promotions, slow sales decline, and improve margin for fiscal 2014.  I am proud of the team’s hard work and high level of focus on our key initiatives so far this year and throughout the competitive holiday season.”

Consolidated

Year-to-date comparable store net sales decreased 0.3%.  For the holiday period, comparable store net sales decreased 2.7%.  However, gross margin increased as a percentage of net sales, particularly in the U.S. business, resulting in an increase in gross margin dollars for the year-to-date and holiday periods compared to the prior year as a result of the Company’s improved promotional and pricing strategy.  These figures exclude the impact of foreign currency translation.

Domestic

For the year-to-date period, the Company’s strategy to implement more disciplined promotions and more rational pricing resulted in a 1.3% decrease in comparable store net sales and an estimated 100 basis point gross margin rate improvement leading to an increase in gross margin dollars.  Comparable store net sales for the holiday period decreased 5.0% and gross margin as a percentage of net sales compared to prior year increased by over 200 basis points, resulting in an increase in gross margin dollars.

International

For the year-to-date and holiday periods, comparable store net sales increased 1.3% and 1.2%, respectively.  Gross margin as a percentage of net sales remained relatively consistent compared to prior year for each of the respective periods.

The year-to-date period refers to February 2, 2014 to January 3, 2015, as compared to February 3, 2013 to January 4, 2014 in the prior year.  The holiday period refers to the nine-week period from November 2, 2014 to January 3, 2015, as compared to November 3, 2013 to January 4, 2014 in the prior year.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands.  Merchandise is sold in 893 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 735 international stores and over 210 licensed stores in 36 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 includingToysrus.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.

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For more information please contact:

Lenders and Note Investors:

Chetan Bhandari, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasurer at 973-617-5841 orChetan.Bhandari@toysrus.com

Media:

Kathleen Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Communications at 973-617-5888, 646-366-8823 or waughk@toysrus.com