Kinda OT: Sad Dave Brandon

Submitted by KansasBlue on September 18th, 2017 at 12:10 PM

If you go to the homepage right now, the main article is about the impending bankrupcty filing for Toys-R-Us.  The kicker is the picture for the article which features a sad Dave Brandon strolling through one of his stores.  It's so beautiful.




oriental andrew

September 18th, 2017 at 1:11 PM ^

It's true that Domino's declined under Brandon to become the "cardboard crust" and "ketchup sauce" pizza that people hated. However, he also helped architect the turnaround with the reinvention of their pizza recipes. He certainly had his faults, but that was one very good and immensely important part of their turnaroud that he was around for. 


September 18th, 2017 at 12:14 PM ^

I just feel genuinely bad for the hard working, honest people who could lose their jobs, and even just the uncertainty of knowing you could.

I didn't read the article, but I would imagine that he will rationalize it the same way he rationalized people not coming to games at the Big House (high definition televisions, no Wi-Fi,etc). People can easily go online and buy toys and movies on Amazon, and they can't compete with that.


September 18th, 2017 at 12:54 PM ^

Too easy.  Think of Best Buy, which was headed out of business and reinvented itself and is now doing okay.  Lot's of other examples-remember when IBM was sold hardware?

What is clear is that Brandon wasn't good enough to do well in a tough environment.  Don't let him off the hook.  It turns out he wasn't a good leader or a good businessman.


September 18th, 2017 at 12:14 PM ^

As much as I hate DB for what he did to Michigan sports, football especially, I don't wish ill will on  him throughout his life.  I'm sorry that Toys R Us is closing, now that I have a child I've used Baby's R Us many times.  TRU is a staple of my childhood and I'm sorry, from an economic perspective, that a solid brick and mortar chain like this is going away....regardless if DB had anything to do with it.


September 18th, 2017 at 12:37 PM ^

Me too, but as a young high school kid. $4.50 an hour. Just remember the crazy moms fighting over tickle me elmo's and the sunday nerds sitting outside waiting so they could get the new star wars figurines shipments. Good times and to be honest, went inside the Livonia store a year ago. First time in probably 10 years or so. Suprised it took this long to close.


September 18th, 2017 at 12:37 PM ^

To be fair, DB has likely made more money during his short time at TRU than most of us will make over the course of our lives.  Even if he somehow was forced out today and in such a way that the probable golden parachute in his contract wasn't given to him, he would still be ridiculously wealthy. 

So no, I don't feel bad being happy that he's sad.

PS - bankruptcy =/= closing all stores. 


September 18th, 2017 at 12:20 PM ^

Hated almost all the choices he made as an athletic director and he definitely had to go but why do people find enjoyment in this? The guy loves Michigan but was stupidly trying to fit his business CEO model in a place it did not belong. He was walking into an already really rough rescue situation at Toys R Us so do not act like this was all on him.