The Disney store at Fashion Fair is closing in September. The store was renovated in 2015.
THE FRESNO BEE
The Disney store at Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall is closing.
According to its website, the store is expected to close by Sept. 15.
It’s one of 60 stores closing nationwide.
The store, which opened in Fresno in 1994, was remodeled in 2015, adding a castle, a “pixie dust trail” and a 90-inch screen playing movie trailers and music videos. The store sold everything from Disney movie DVDs to Baby Yoda dolls, Elsa from “Frozen” costumes and Marvel merchandise.
The Disney store in Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall is also closing.
It’s the second round of closures this year, with the company announcing 38 store closures in March.
There will be 40 stores across the country that will remain open after the closures, but none in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Target may reopen
But there’s a chance we may not have seen the end of a Disney store presence in the Fresno area.
Target announced that it would expand its store within-a-store Disney shops to 160 Target locations nationwide by the end this year, just as Disney announced the closures of its stores.
Target now has Disney sections in 53 of its stores.
Target did no release a list or return messages seeking comment on the Disney store. A manager at the local Disney store declined to comment.
Target plans to have the Disney shops open selling Star Wars merchandise and Raya and The Last Dragon merchandise before the holiday shopping season.
People are turning to online shopping as Disney closes its stores, especially during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Bethany Clough is a reporter for The Fresno Bee who covers retail and restaurants. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree as a journalist. Her last name, Cluff, is her real name.