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American Girl to say goodbye to the Mall of America

The doll store is closing its MOA and Boston stores.

Another major retailer is on its way out of the Mall of America.

After beleaguered Sears confirmed last month it'll be shuttering its MOA location, American Girl followed suit on Thursday.

The doll, toy and gift store has been at the MOA for a little over 10 years, but it confirmed it'll be shutting down its Bloomington store on March 20.

In a statement sent to BMTN, the Mall of America has said it is looking forward to announcing a new tenant for American Girl's space overlooking Nickelodeon World soon.

"Following a strong 2018 with increases in traffic and sales across the property and specifically in our entertainment/attractions categories, Mall of America continues to change and grow with a focus on a vibrant and unique tenant mix to meet the demands of the evolving retail and entertainment landscape," the MOA said.

"This specific location has access to Mall retail areas as well as our world-class theme park, a combination appealing to many brands. We look forward to announcing new tenants soon."

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American Girl, which is owned by Mattel and based in Middleton, Wisconsin, is known for its line of 18-inch tall dolls of varying ethnicities, with each store selling dolls and a huge range of complementary furniture, clothing and other accessories.

The Star Tribune reports that the store's closure will impact 15 full-time and 31 part-time staff at the MOA.

The company said the closures are a "necessary step to improve the overall health of our business and reinvest in key areas of growth."

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