Dave Brandon, CEO of Toys R Us, visits a Secaucus, N.J., store. The chief executive says the big-box advantages of selection and price that made the format so successful have been obliterated by the web. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg)
Dave Brandon, CEO of Toys R Us, visits a Secaucus, N.J., store. The chief executive says the big-box advantages of selection and price that made the format so successful have been obliterated by the web. There need to be more reasons for people to go to a store, he says. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg)

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