Build-A-Bear Workshop To Open 2nd Hospital Location

by Nate Hunter

St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., with more than 400 retail stores worldwide, will open its second hospital-based store at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital on February 27.

St. LouisBuild-A-Bear Workshop®, the interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, will open a new store in Sinai Hospital in Baltimore on February 27, 2012. Of the more than 400 operating locations around the world, this will be the second Build-A-Bear Workshop store located inside of a hospital.

“We are very excited to work with Sinai Hospital to bring Build-A-Bear Workshop to this unique location,” says Maxine Clark, founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “When kids are sick or injured, making a new furry friend is a great way to take their mind off of their treatment and a teddy bear hug can help them feel better.”

The vast majority of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are located within shopping malls. Build-A-Bear Workshop also has non-traditional stores located within three Major League Baseball ballparks, a store at the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, Orlando International Airport and within select Rain Forest Café® and T-Rex Café locations. The first Build-A-Bear Workshop store in a hospital opened in March 2011 at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. has more than 400 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. The company was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for the fourth year in a row in 2012. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

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