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by Melissa Allison and Amy Martinez
SeattleTimes.NWSource.com

An electric train lights up a formerly darkened window at The Commons at Federal Way where Toys R Us has opened a temporary “Express” shop. “Oh, look at that!” local mom Jody Everett tells her 4-year-old son, Harry, who jumps up and down at the sight of the train going around and around on its tracks.

Near Sears, the small Toys R Us store prompts Everett to put aside her daily to-do list and let Harry browse the rows of miniature action figures and board games.

“I’ll talk to my husband about getting that train set for Christmas,” she says. At $50, “it’s actually a reasonable price.”

Toys R Us recently began opening 600 temporary Express stores in malls and other shopping centers throughout the U.S., more than six times the number it had last year.

Locally, it also opened Express stores at Kent Station, Auburn’s SuperMall and near Fred Meyer in Burien, signaling the Wayne, N.J.-based toy chain is getting ready for the holiday sales season — even if shoppers still are adjusting to new school schedules and thinking about what they’ll be for Halloween.

Toys R Us, which operates more than 580 big-box stores and 260 Babies R Us stores nationwide, kept open some Express outlets after last year’s holiday season and could do the same this year, though many will close by the end of January.

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