The Walt Disney Co. in California is planning to close 60 of its Disney Store locations in North America by March 23. The company says it will close two locations in Indiana, including the Castleton Square Mall store in Indianapolis and the store at Southlake Mall in Merrillville.
In a statement, the company said the closures are part of its move toward e-commerce and its plan to “significantly reduce” its brick-and-mortar storefronts.
“While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” said Stephanie Young, president of consumer products games and publishing. “Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world. We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected ecommerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”
The company says its shopDisney e-commerce platform will be complemented by integration with Disney Parks apps and social media platforms.
Disney says it will remain flexible and continue to “evolve its retail strategy” to meet consumer needs.
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