American Girl to open Scottsdale, Ariz., store

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Middleton-based American Girl is opening a store in Scottsdale, Ariz., next year.

Tim Gallen
Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal


American Girl of Middleton announced this week it plans to open a retail store in Scottsdale, Ariz., in summer of 2015.

The brand, a division of toy giant Mattel Inc. (Nasdaq: MAT), sells dolls, accessories, books and more targeted to girls age 3 to 12. The company now operates 16 stores around the country. It recently added retail locations in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada — its first outside of the U.S. — and also plans to open a store in Charlotte, N.C., this fall.

American Girl will lease 12,000 square feet at a 180,000-square-foot expansion of the Scottsdale Quarter retail and entertainment district for one of its experiential retail stores, where girls can find the company’s full lines of historical and contemporary dolls, as well as accessories and books.

“Scottsdale Quarter has become the pre-eminent shopping destination in the Arizona market and a model for experience-centered retail development,” said Michael Glimcher, chairman and CEO of Glimcher Realty Trust, which owns Scottsdale Quarter. “American Girl fits seamlessly with our focus on bringing the best mix of retail, entertainment and dining to market.”

The store also will feature a bistro where girls can enjoy a meal and dessert, as well as give their dolls a new hair style at the on-site doll hair salon.

American Girl opened its first flagship store in Chicago in 1998.

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