Mickey Mouse is leaving the building.
Disney has announced that it is closing down its Metropolis at Metrotown store forever, as well as its stores in Vancouver (Pacific Centre) and Surrey (Guildford) shopping malls.
A posting on the Disney website under the Burnaby locator says the closure will happen “on or before July 14,” leaving dozens of workers out of a job. The company announced earlier this year that was it was reducing the number of brick-and-mortar stores across North America to shift to e-commerce sales.
This is yet another blow to Burnaby’s biggest mall, which has seen a string of store closures, including Pink, Microsoft, Frank and Oak, Godiva chocolates, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, David’s Tea and, recently, Little Mountain clothing. Boys’ Co. also announced recently that it will be closing its Metropolis store.
And one of the city’s oldest businesses. J&M Coin and Jewellery, which had been at Metropolis at Metrotown for 35 years, opening up in 1986, also announced it was leaving.
But some of those spaces are starting to be filled by such retailers as Bikini Village, Meeku, Hugo Boss and more.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 also returned to Burnaby after the company’s collapse in 2019.
The company has opened a new store at Metropolis at Metrotown, nearly two years after closing in the same mall amid a company-wide bankruptcy.