|Type||Limited liability company|
|Headquarters||Irvine, California, USA|
|Key people||Larry Andreini, Chip Foose, Maxine Clark|
Ridemakerz (alternatively written "RIDEMAKERZ") is an American retailer of customizable toy cars. The business was started in 2007 by Larry Andreini, Chip Foose (of TLC Overhaulin'), and Maxine Clark (of Build-A-Bear Workshop).
The first location opened June 1, 2007 in Myrtle Beach, SC at Broadway at the Beach. Since then, twelve locations had opened in ten other states. In late 2009 Ridemakerz began closing most of their stores. By the end of 2009, Ridemakerz will have closed nine of their twelve stores, the four remaining stores will be Myrtle Beach, SC, Downtown Disney Walt Disney World, Downtown Disney Disneyland, and Branson, MO. Plus they will be selling their products in the newly repurchased and re-imagined Disney Stores.
Ridemakerz is a limited liability company. It was founded in 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Rancho Santa Margarita, California in 2009. The main financier is investor Norman Pozez. Build-A-Bear owns about 25% of the company. In 2010 it is opening a warehouse and distribution center in Valencia, California (it currently uses the system of Build-A-Bear) and moving its headquarters to Irvine, California. There are approximately 250 employees nationwide and 16 employees at its headquarters.
While in the store, the customers (known as "customizers") come into the store and build "ridez" that can either be a freewheeling car or remote control car. It is estimated that over 649,000,000 different ride combinations are possible.
There are (at present) four locations. Each store's number is prefixed with "15" and the order of opening denotes the individual store number. The number 1513 was skipped.
|1501||Myrtle Beach, SC||Broadway at the Beach||First location, 6/1/07|
|1510||Branson, MO||Branson Landing|
|1515||Anaheim, CA||Downtown Disney||Westernmost store
Relocated/Reopened June 16, 2010
|1516||Lake Buena Vista, FL||Downtown Disney||Opened March 25, 2010
Relocated August 31, 2011
|1502||Bloomington, MN||Mall of America||Northernmost Store
|1503||Indianapolis, IN||Castleton Square||Closed January 23, 2010
First store to close in 2010
|1504||Fredericksburg, VA||Spotsylvania Towne Centre||Closed September 25, 2010|
|1505||White Marsh, MD||THE AVENUE at White Marsh||First location of 2008
First location where mobilize came before motorize
Closed September 12, 2009
|1506||Hagerstown, MD||The Shoppes at Hagerstown||Closed August 31, 2009|
|1507||Schaumburg, IL||Woodfield Mall||Closed September 11, 2009|
|1508||Auburn Hills, MI||Great Lakes Crossing||Opened the same day as 1509
Closed September 19, 2009, same day as 1509
|1509||Novi, MI||Twelve Oaks Mall||Opened the same day as 1508
Closed September 19, 2009, same day as 1508
|1511||Appleton, WI||Fox River||Closed August 31, 2009|
|1512||Friendswood, TX||Baybrook Mall||Southernmost store
Closed October 24, 2009
|1514||Glendale, AZ||Westgate City Center||Closed January 23, 2012|
|1590||Groveport, OH||RIDEMAKERZ Garage||Warehouse location
Closed August 12, 2009
Replaced with a location in Garden Grove, California
RZ Virtual World
March 2009- RZ Virtual World opened from its closed beta test.
September 2009- Ridemakerz stopped tech support for their virtual world.
- "RIDEMAKERZ Wins "Retail Store of the Year"". Business Wire. April 24, 2008.
- Cruz, Sherri (July 5, 2010). "Custom Toy Car Store Pulls in Big Backers". Orange County Business Journal 33 (37): 1, 8.
- Ridemakerz Reopens at Downtown Disney in New-Expanded Location