Original article from Kent Live
Disney are set to close the majority of their shops in the UK and Ireland, including Kent stores.
The move will see just two stores remain open – the company's flagship sites in London's Oxford Street and Dublin.
The closures are part of the brand's plan to close 20% of its physical stores before the end of the year, shifting the focus to online shopping.
The company plans to improve its current ShopDisney website to include a wider variety of adult apparel collections, streetwear, premium home products and collectibles.
Kent's only Disney Store announced at the end of August that it would be closing for good this month.
A notice was put up by bosses at the Bluewater Shopping Centre store confirming the closure.
According to Google the store has already shut its doors – it is listed as "permanently closed".
The Bluewater store was the only Disney store left in the county after the Canterbury shop closed in 2019.
It stocked Disney merchandise, including toys, clothing and gifts and interactive experiences for children.
Almost 16,000 people have signed a national petition to keep the stores open.
It states: "Disney is planning to close all their UK Disney stores except for their flagship store in Oxford Street and go fully online.
"The stores will all be closed by September 2021. This means all of the magical Disney stores that have been on our high streets for many years will soon disappear.
"Not everyone is fortunate enough to live near the Oxford Street store and the UK doesn't have its own Disney Park. The closest being Disney Land Paris.
"These stores are our gateway to the magical world of Disney. It allows the people of the UK to experience the Disney magic first hand!"
A spokesperson for Disney recently told TheIndustry.fashion that the company was "currently in consultation with an initial group of stores in the UK" regarding their futures.
However, a number of staff at UK stores have taken to social media to say their stores will soon be closing and signs have been spotted in the windows of numerous Disney stores across the country confirming their closures.