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Shanghai's House of Barbie closes; tour of China to follow
The six-story flagship store opened in 2009, on Barbie's 50th anniversary. Located in Shanghai's commercial epicenter on Huaihai Road, the pink palace contained a spa, cafe, design studio, fashion stage, and a vast array of Barbies and Barbie products.
The store closed Monday, says The Jakarta Post, after the world's biggest toy maker released a statement stating its plans to expand its customer base across China. Despite Shanghai's being the hub of the country's fashion industry, sales of the sartorially-savvy doll were disappointing. It seems parents are more likely to spend money on extracurricular activities for their children than on spendy Western dolls.
Safe travels, Babs.
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