American Girl to open in St. Louis area

Middleton, Wis. -- American Girl, a division of Mattel, will open a store at Chesterfield Mall, in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Mo.

The 10,850-sq-.ft. American Girl store is slated to open in spring 2012.

"The American Girl store is a welcome addition to our great lineup of retailers at Chesterfield Mall," said Howard Grody, senior VP leasing for CBL & Associates Properties. "American Girl is very selective when choosing retail locations and by deciding on Chesterfield Mall as its St. Louis destination of choice, it sends a clear message to the community.”

American Girl opened its first store, American Girl Place, in Chicago, in 1998. Two more flagship stores, American Girl Place New York on Fifth Avenue and American Girl Place Los Angeles at The Grove, opened in 2003 and 2006 respectively. Additional retail stores opened in Atlanta and Dallas in 2007, in Boston and Mall of America in Minneapolis in 2008, Denver and Kansas City in 2010, and Washington D.C., and Seattle in 2011.