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With its spacious, high-ceiling stores that hold thousands of items, Toys R Us pioneered the big-box format for toy sales and became the go-to destination for playthings and baby products — elbowing many smaller toy stores out of business. Now, Toys R Us Inc. has tumbled into bankruptcy, filing...

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