Cincinnati residents will soon have to drive a little further for the infamous Disney magic.
The entertainment giant’s brick-and-mortar store at Kenwood Towne Center is scheduled to close for good on or before July 14, depending on how quickly the remaining inventory sells out, the store said.
The Kenwood store closure joins 15 other stores slated to close in the coming weeks, including the location of the original Disney chain at Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles. In 2021, 78 others in the United States and Canada suffered the same fate.
The change is due to the changing focus of Disney online, said Stephanie Young, president of consumer products, games and publishing.
âOver the past few years, we’ve focused on meeting consumers where they already spend their time, such as expanding Disney Store locations around the world,â Young told USA TODAY in March 2021. âWe plan to plan ahead. now to create a more flexible and interconnected e-commerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all of our franchises.
The Disney Store just celebrated its 20th anniversary, according to a DIS Kingdom article.
There remains a Disney store in Ohio – at Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus – although there is an outlet in Monroe. There are no Disney stores in Kentucky. The Cincinnati Premium Outlets store is here to stay, a store rep said.