Disney Whittles Down Its Store Footprint

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Disney, which had previously said it would cut 28,000 jobs without specifying when, has struggled with the pandemic and social distancing measures
Disney, which had previously said it would cut 28,000 jobs without specifying when, has struggled with the pandemic and social distancing measures AFP / Frederic J. BROWN

Disney (DIS) has whittled down its brick-and-mortar locations over the last few months as it concentrates on its online presence and many of its stores will open for the last time on Wednesday.

The entertainment company announced back in March that it would close at least 60 of its retail locations in North America in 2021. The company had about 300 stores worldwide at the time.

The closures do not affect its 600 stores inside Disney theme parks or Target stores, which it recently expanded its partnership with to include an additional 100 shop-in-shop locations by the end of 2021.

The retail stores that Disney is closing are estimated to leave the retailer with about two dozen locations, USA Today reported. The company is closing another two stores on or before Sept. 22 in Sacramento, California, and McLean, Virginia, according to the Disney store locator, as reported by the news outlet.

Stephanie Young, Disney president of consumer products, games, and publishing, previously said in a statement about the store closures, “While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer.”

Other stores that remain open as of Tuesday, according to the Disney store locator and as reported by USA Today, include:

California

  • Camarillo: Camarillo Outlet, 500 E. Ventura Blvd.
  • Commerce: Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive
  • Livermore: San Francisco Premium Outlets, 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive
  • Ontario: Ontario Mills, 1 Mills Circle
  • San Diego: The Shops at Las Americas, 4321 Camino De La Plaza

Florida

  • Destin: Silver Sands Outlet Stores, 10406 Emerald Coast Parkway

Missouri

  • Branson: Tanger Outlets Branson, 300 Tanger Blvd.

Nevada

  • Las Vegas: Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, 875 S Grand Central Parkway

New Jersey

  • Elizabeth: Jersey Gardens Outlet, 651 Kapkowski Road

New York

  • New York City: Times Square, 1540 Broadway

Ohio

  • Monroe: Cincinnati Premium Outlet, 400 Premium Outlets Drive

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City: Shoppes at Oklahoma City, 7628 West Reno Ave.

Oregon

  • Woodburn: Woodburn Outlet, 1001 Arney Road

Pennsylvania

  • Hershey: Tanger Factory Outlet – Hershey, 127 Outlet Square
  • Lancaster: Rockvale Square Outlets, 35 South Willowdale Drive

South

  • Myrtle Beach: Tanger Outlets - Myrtle Beach Highway 17, 10835 Kings Highway

Tennessee

  • Sevierville: Tanger Outlets Sevierville, 1645 Parkway

Texas

  • Canutillo: Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 South Desert Boulevard
  • Cypress: Houston Premium Outlet, 29300 Hempstead Road
  • Grapevine: Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
  • San Marcos: Tanger Outlets San Marcos, 4015 I-35 South

Washington

  • Bellevue: Bellevue Square, 172 Bellevue Square
  • Tulalip: Seattle Premium Outlets, 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd.

As of Wednesday at 9:39 a.m. EST, shares of Disney were trading at $181.40, down $1.00 or 0.55%.


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Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN

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