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Hello Kitty® and SANRIO® Visit the NYSE


SANRIO and Build-A-Bear, Workshop, Inc. (NYSE-Listed BBW) visit the NYSE to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the SANRIO brand.  In honor of the occasion, Kunihiko Tsuji, Chief Operating Officer of SANRIO Co., Ltd., along with Maxine Clark, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, rings The Closing BellSM.  


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About Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, the pop icon from international company, SANRIO Co., Ltd., has come a long way from her 1974 debut on a coin purse. She now graces lifestyle products of all kinds, ranging from stationery, accessories and toys, to iPhone apps, beach cruiser bicycles, custom blended fragrances and luxurious diamond jewelry pieces. Fans of all ages, from children to trend-setting adults, can find these adorable products everywhere from SANRIO stores and specialty boutiques to department stores and mass retailers.

About Sanrio
SANRIO, best known for global icon Hello Kitty® and home to many more endearing characters including Chococat®, My Melody®, and Keroppi®, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. August 2010 marks the golden anniversary for the worldwide lifestyle brand that was founded on the “small gift, big smile®” philosophy -- that a small gift can bring a big smile to people of all ages. Today, over 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are sold in over 70 countries around the world. In the Western Hemisphere SANRIO character-branded products are sold in upwards of 12,000 locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 95 Sanrio boutiques. For more information, please visit www.sanrio.com.

Build-A-Bear, Workshop, Inc. 
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. The company currently operates more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Mexico. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. The company first partnered with Sanrio in 2005 to introduce a make-your-own Hello Kitty and will be offering make your own Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi, at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and buildabear.com® starting August 20, 2010. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world Web site at buildabearville.com®. The company was named to the 2009 and 2010 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® lists. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $394.4 million in fiscal 2009. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning Web site at buildabear.com.