The Build-A-Bear Workshop is an American retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals. It is the largest create-your-own animal service, with the other companies in the business consisting of regional and/or locally-owned operations. The company's motto is "Where Best Friends Are Made".
The company was founded by Maxine Clark in 1997 and opened its first store in the Saint Louis Galleria. Ten years later, over 300 stores operate worldwide: in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and the United States (including Puerto Rico). While the majority of Build-A-Bear stores are in shopping malls, as of August, 2008, the company has opened five stores in Major League Baseball stadiums.
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