For lots of parents, they won’t be able to use a visit to the Disney Store as an incentive to behave during trips to the mall.
That’s because Disney has announced that they’re going to be closing 20% of their brick-and-mortar stores.
Don’t worry, though; the Mouse House isn’t leaving you high and dry.
Here’s what you need to know:
At least 60 Disney Stores will close in 2021.
In early March, Disney Store execs said they’ll be closing 20% of their locations in 2021 due to changing shopping habits and an intensified focus on digital shopping platforms.
Mall-based stores have taken big hits over the years, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Most Disney Stores are located in malls.
But Disney has opened 53 mini-stores inside Target.
There are 53 Target locations that have a miniature version of the Disney Store adjacent to the kids’ clothing and toy departments.
The branded section of the store carries more than 100 products that had only been sold at Disney retail locations. Best of all, shoppers will be able to use their gift cards and RedCard 5% discount to save on their purchases.
Don’t expect any liquidation sales, sadly.
Disney has closed stores before, and there’s no evidence that they hold liquidation sales. Since they’re moving to a digital-first approach to the Disney Store, it’s likely that any unsold merch will be rerouted to the remaining stores or the website.
Disney won’t close stores in theme parks or Asia.
All of the Disney Store closures will take place in North America, and the stores located at Disney parks won’t be included.
Disney has indicated that they’re considering closures in Europe as well.
Disney has released a list of stores they’re closing.
Arizona Disney Store closures: Arrowhead Towne Center (Glendale), Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler), Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale)
California Disney Store closures: Fashion Valley Mall (San Diego), Montclair Plaza (Montclair), Northridge Mall (Salinas), Oakridge Mall (San Jose), Santa Monica Place (Santa Monica), The Shops at Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo), The Shops at Montebello (Montebello), Westfield Galleria (Roseville), Westfield Santa Anita (Arcadia)
Colorado Disney Store closure: Flatiron Crossing (Broomfield)
Florida Disney Store closure: Aventura Mall (Miami), International Plaza (Tampa)
Illinois Disney Store closures: Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Rosemont), State Street (Chicago)
Indiana Disney Store closures: Castleton Square (Indianapolis), Southlake Mall (Merrillville)
Kansas Disney Store closure: Oak Park Mall (Overland Park)
Maryland Disney Store closures: Arundel Mills (Hanover), White Marsh Mall (Baltimore)
Missouri Disney Store closure: St. Louis Galleria (St. Louis)
New Jersey Disney Store closing: Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold
New York Disney Store closures: Staten Island Mall (Staten Island), Tanger Outlets Riverhead (Riverhead)
Ohio Disney Store closure: Great Northern Mall (North Olmstead)
Oregon Disney Store closure: Clackamas Town Center (Portland)
Pennsylvania Disney Store closures: South Hills Village (Pittsburgh), Springfield Mall (Springfield)
Tennessee Disney Store closure: West Town Mall (Knoxville)
Texas Disney Store closures: Cielo Vista Mall (El Paso), Ingram Park Mall (San Antonio), Mall Del Norteo (Laredo), Memorial City (Houston), North Star Mall (San Antonio). Rivercenter Mall (San Antonio)