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Springfield mall hints at possible Build-A-Bear with permit application

Springfield Town Center mall (staff photo by James Jarvis)

(Updated at 4/2/24) Build-A-Bear Workshop is seeking a permit from Fairfax County to renovate a space at Springfield Town Center.

Earlier this month, the Missouri-based toy retailer submitted a permit application for “interior alterations” at an undisclosed space inside the mall. The cost of the renovations total more than $50,000, according to county records.

During a walkthrough of Springfield Town Center, FFXnow noted only one vacant in-line space, formerly occupied by Savi Salon.

A spokesperson for the mall did not confirm whether Build-A-Bear planned to lease the former salon space. However, they noted the toy company would be a “great addition.”

“At the same time, we look forward to sharing the news on who will fill the former salon space when it’s available,” they said.

Build-A-Bear did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The company currently has one location in Fairfax County — an outlet in Fair Oaks Mall. It can also be found at Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, Maryland.

Established in 1997, Build-A-Bear is best known for its stuffed animal customization services, but it also sells ready-made toys, clothes, school supplies and other accessories.

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