Sales of Build-A-Bear to shut down in Canada & US
Sales of Build-A-Bear to shut down in Canada & US: An “overwhelming” response to sale event at Build-A-Bear Workshop prompted retailer to get shut down long lines outside all of its stores across Canada and the United States.
Crowd waited outside stores before its opening time on Thursday. Retailer announced in the morning that this was cutting its lines and not accepting customers “due to its safety concerns and crowds” from its local authorities.
Build-A-Bear said that based on that available information to them before starting of the day, they could not predicted this reaction to their “Pay Your Age Day” event.
Pay Your Age event was announced by Build-A-Bear earlier this week. Customers who show to the stores can pay their present age for its popular animals. On Wednesday, retailer wrote that on its FB page it was “anticipating potential of its long lines.”
Shoppers braving wait times shared videos and photos of lines snaking down to the halls of shopping and mall areas.
Allison Viron, from McMurray got into line outside Build-A-Bear South Hills Village in Pittsburgh nearly 9:15 a.m. to get beautiful and stuffed animals for her daughters, Catharine and Caroline, ages 1 and 3.
“Line was cut off for sometime in the morning at 10 a.m,” Viron said, adding that Viron was in line inside store at 4 p.m., and there were more than hundred of people who were standing behind her.
Alex Sullivan took Madison, Alex’s 4-year-old daughter to the Westfield Countryside Mall, Florida. They arrived in this mall before 8 a.m.
Sullivan said doors of this mall opened earlier and were able to leave this mall with stuffed animal which were smelling like a cotton candy and a happy child before 1 p.m.
Store added in its statement that their goal with voucher extension is to enable to get the better flow of traffic to the stores in next several weeks just to avoid long lines.