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June 1, 2007|
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.
|Headquarters||Irvine, California, U.S.|
|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 its stores. By early 2018, it had closed ten of its twelve stores, the two remaining stores are Myrtle Beach, SC 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 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. There are currently 8 locations.
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