• BUILD-A-BEAR CHAOS: Sale shut down after unprecedented lines at malls

    By: Greg Suskin

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    CONCORD, N.C. - A toy company's one-day-only special pricing event is causing major havoc at malls across the country, including in Charlotte.

    Local malls saw large crowds Thursday because of the 'Pay-Your-Age Day' at Build-A-Bear.

     

     

    Build-A-Bear Workshop was offering a new age-based promotion -- where you pay an amount equal to your age for one of the company’s stuffed animals.

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    Concord Mills officials said they had longer than expected lines because of an unprecedented response to the sale.

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    Officials said authorities asked them to limit the lines due to safety concerns.

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    Viewer Lukas Hopper sent Channel 9 video of the crowds inside Carolina Place Mall. The lines wrapped around the interior perimeter of the mall and spilled outside as well.

    Build-A-Bear released a statement saying, "Based on the unprecedented response to our Pay Your Age Day event in our early opening stores, we are experiencing significantly longer than expected lines and large crowds. Local authorities are requiring us to limit the lines and crowds due to safety concerns. We understand this is disappointing, we are working to address the situation, and we will be reaching out to our valued guests soon."

    Build-A-Bear posted an alert on its website around 11:30 a.m. that said all stores have closed the lines for the sale.

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