Build-A-Bear Workshop® Opens Newly Imagined Store At FAO Schwarz® Fifth Avenue in New York City

First Build-A-Bear Workshop Store-Within-A-Store in the United States

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2013 - Build-A-Bear Workshop® today announced plans to open a shop within the FAO Schwarz® Fifth Avenue flagship store. Opening in early November, the new location is the first Build-A-Bear Workshop store-within-a-store in the United States, allowing the company to extend its reach to new customers and offer existing Guests access to its all-new store experience.

"We are excited to bring two iconic brands together in one location joining the magic of Build-A-Bear Workshop with the legendary FAO Schwarz, just in time for the holiday season," said Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop Chief Executive Officer and Chief President Bear. "FAO Schwarz has been a great partner, and this new store extends the reach of our interactive experience in one of the largest markets in the world."

While visiting the store, Guests can participate in the hands-on Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animal-making experience, which has been enhanced with innovative, digital technology. The company worked with Microsoft, Samsung, and other leading technology companies to create the engaging store design, which includes:

  • A touchscreen storefront display that allows Guests to interact with the brand by playing and exploring the latest Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friend collections.
  • An interactive "Love Me" station that enables Guests to customize their stuffed animals by giving personality traits such as brave, silly and smart to the red satin heart which is added to their animal at the "Stuff Me" station.
  • A "Hear Me" station where popular music and special sounds can be added to personalize their stuffed animal. Guests can also record their own voice to further personalize their stuffed animal.
  • The "Fluff Me" station where customers can play with a sensory effects digital bath tub with virtual bubbles.
  • The "Name Me" station which allows Guests to reveal the personality traits and customized features that were added to their stuffed animal throughout the bear-making process. At "Name Me," Guests also create a one-of-a-kind birth certificate to take home with their new furry friend.

"At FAO Schwarz, our goal is to create memories for the thousands of children and families who visit our legendary store every day," said Mindy Clements, Vice President, Flagship Stores, Toys"R"Us. "We’re excited to partner with Build-A-Bear Workshop to bring our customers a heartwarming hands-on experience with beloved characters in this first-of-its-kind store-within-a-store."

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world website at bearville.com™. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth year in a row in 2013. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $380.9 million in fiscal 2012. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning website at buildabear.com®.

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About FAO Schwarz

Since 1862, FAO Schwarz has been a brand synonymous with quality and innovation, offering an unparalleled selection of one-of-a-kind toys that have enchanted generations and cultivated a loyal clientele. In 2012, the brand commemorated its 150th anniversary as one of the most cherished retailers in the country with a year-long celebration of its storied history. The famous FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, which attracts millions of visitors annually, is the only one of its kind in the world. The complete assortment of the company’s extraordinary merchandise, including a line of unique toys marketed under the FAO Schwarz brand name, can be found in-store and online at FAO.com. The iconic FAO Schwarz brand is exclusively operated by Toys"R"Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer.

Trademarks

We would like to thank you for your interest in covering our business. As you write your story, we would ask that you use our full name: Build-A-Bear Workshop® and that when referencing the process of making stuffed animals you use the word "make" not "build."

Build-A-Bear Workshop is our well-known trade name and our registered trademark of Build-A-Bear Retail Management, Inc. Build-A-Bear Workshop® should only be used in capital letters to refer to our products and services and should not be used as a verb.

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Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Contacts:

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Jill Saunders
314-423-8000 ext. 5293
C: 314-422-4523
JillS@buildabear.com

Shannon Lammert
314-423-8000 ext. 5379
C: 314-556-8841
ShannonL@buildabear.com

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