Disney shuttering Canadian stores, including Winnipeg’s Polo Park outlet

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The Walt Disney Company is shutting down all 18 of its stand-alone retail stores in Canada, including one in Winnipeg at CF Polo Park.

Senior sources told the Free Press the U.S.-based entertainment and media conglomerate is entirely closing down its brick-and-mortar presence across Canada by the end of the summer — part of a trend accelerated by the shift to online commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures come after two Canadian locations had already shuttered in March, when Disney announced at least 60 out of 300 stores would be closing throughout North America, which is 20 per cent of their total storefront operations globally.

Stores have been impacted in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.

“The global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” said Stephanie Young, an executive at Disney, in a statement on Tuesday.