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Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. announced plans to close its friends 2B made concept, a line of make-your-own doll stores that the company had been operating since 2006.

“With the slowdown in consumer spending, particularly for discretionary products, we believe the best strategic course for the company is to continue to focus our primary efforts on building our Build-A-Bear Workshop,” CEO Maxine Clark said in a statement. The stuffed-toys retailer had been operating nine of the locations in the United States.

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