Customers have been left gutted at the news that a popular Meadowhall store is to close for good later this month.
It has been announced that the Disney Store in the shopping centre will close its doors for the final time on Wednesday August 18.
It comes as Disney announced back in March that it would significantly reduce Disney stores in a move to focus more on e-commerce.
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This began with the closure of at least 60 stores in North America this year.
The Disney store at Meadowhall has been there since 1992.
“While consumer behaviour has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” said Stephanie Young, president, Consumer Products Games and Publishing.
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“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 e-commerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”
Disney confirmed that the proposed last day for the store in Sheffield’s Meadowhall is August 18.
But customers have been left absolutely gutted at the news.
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One person said: “This is heartbreaking. I can’t believe kids and adults will no longer be allowed to join in the Disney magic of shopping in a Disney store.
“Love going here and taking my daughter and now that’s going to be all gone. Instead it’s all online where the service is shockingly bad and the delivery is even worse.”
Another said: “For those of us that can’t afford to go to Disneyland etc the closest was the Disney shops like this one.
“It’s changed over the years but it always made me feel like I was 6 again. So sad.”
While another added: “What?! This has been around since Meadowhall first opened!
“They can’t be low on takings. It’s Disney! So many memories in this place. Another one to miss. Take me back to the 90’s cos these days suck!”
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