American Girl closes two stores

Middleton-based American Girl, which is now owned by Mattel, will close two stores as of March 20 as part of a cost-cutting move.

The impacted locations, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and in Boston, have been operating at least 10 years, but sales have tumbled as toy retailers close and more product becomes available online, according to media reports.

American Girl has 17 other store locations nationwide.