Disney will shutter dozens of brick-and-mortar stores

Move affects North America locations selling Mickey Mouse merch as company pivots toward e-commerce

National /
Mar.March 04, 2021 01:00 PM
(Getty)

(Getty)

Even Mickey Mouse isn’t safe in the pandemic.

Walt Disney Company plans to close 60 Disney Store locations across North America as part of its shift to e-commerce.

With 300 stores worldwide, the closures reflect a 20 percent cut in the brick-and-mortar footprint, according to the Los Angeles Times. Disney Company already shuttered more than a dozen stores last year.

Representatives did not say which stores would close or how many employees would be laid off. Disney shops within other retailers, including Target, are not affected by the closures.

Disney closed all of its Disney Store locations last March as the coronavirus took hold worldwide; some never reopened. As of late September, at least 10 stores in the U.S. had permanently closed, and another eight were in the process of closing, according to Disney news outlet DisKingdom.com.

Disney Company as a whole has also been hit hard by the pandemic. It was forced to close its theme parks and faced pushback from employees when some of those venues reopened.

The company opened its first Disney Store in 1987, at the Glendale Galleria mall in Los Angeles County. Disney turned the chain into a franchise in the mid-2000s; it sold its operations to various companies worldwide. By 2010, the company had bought back all of the Disney Store locations.

[LAT] — Dennis Lynch 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Macerich president Edward Coppola and a rendering of the redevelopment in Pheonix (Macerich/City of Pheonix)
Macerich unloads Phoenix mall for $100M; redevelopment awaits
Macerich unloads Phoenix mall for $100M; redevelopment awaits
Hammerson CEO Rita-Rose Gagne and Brookfield's Bruce Flatt. (Hammerson, Brookfield, Getty)
Brookfield’s US malls are struggling. Now it’s buying some in Europe
Brookfield’s US malls are struggling. Now it’s buying some in Europe
604 Fifth Avenue and Minamoto Kitchoan president Kemmei Okada (Photos via Google Maps, Minamoto Kitchoan)
Fifth Avenue’s Childs Building sells for $45M
Fifth Avenue’s Childs Building sells for $45M
The 300 West 125th Street location of Buffalo Wild Wings is closing for good. (Google Maps, Getty)
Buffalo Wild Wings chickens out on Harlem lease
Buffalo Wild Wings chickens out on Harlem lease
Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos (Retail Industry Leaders Association, iStock)
Dollar General thrives amid retail apocalypse
Dollar General thrives amid retail apocalypse
Laurent Tourondel's  LT  Burger is scheduled to open its Westhampton location this summer. (Google Maps, Getty, LT Burger)
LT Burger to open in Westhampton
LT Burger to open in Westhampton
Philip Williams Posters at 122 Chambers Street (Google Maps)
Iconic Tribeca poster shop’s storefront is for lease
Iconic Tribeca poster shop’s storefront is for lease
Mall of America with JPMorgan Chase' Jamie Dimon (left) and Goldman Sachs' David Solomon (Getty)
Banks, real estate investors circle Mall of America
Banks, real estate investors circle Mall of America
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...