Build-a-Bear in Westfarms Mall to close - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Build-a-Bear in Westfarms Mall to close

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Build-a-Bear Workshop in Westfarms mall to close Feb. 23. ( photo) Build-a-Bear Workshop in Westfarms mall to close Feb. 23. ( photo)

A store in Farmington that allowed people to build their own teddy bears said it will be closing its doors.

The Build-a-Bear Workshop in the Westfarms Mall said its last day will be Feb. 23.

In a statement it said:

"We have enjoyed sharing teddy bear hugs and delivering memorable experiences with every one of our valued Guests since we opened in Farmington. The decision to close this store is part of a strategy to support the company's growth while adapting to changes in the economy and to an evolving marketplace."

Storm management confirmed to Eyewitness News that customers with planned parties have either moved them up to before the closing date or to the franchise's Shoppes at Buckland Hills location in Manchester.

"Regarding parties, the store works directly with each guest to reschedule or relocate their party to another Build-A-Bear Workshop store," said Amy Pakett of Build-a-Bear public relations. "If the guest does not wish to reschedule their party, they are reimbursed for their party deposit."

Management also said there would be no sales ahead of the closure.

In addition to the remaining location in Manchester, Build-a-Bear has other Connecticut shops at the Danbury Fair Mall and the Westfield Trumbull Mall.

Build-a-Bear was founded in 1997, according to its website. Since then, the franchise has grown to about 400 shops worldwide.

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