For all the Phoenix area Disney Fans, here's a bit of info,
especially for those living near Desert Ridge:
Those familiar with the Desert Ridge shopping area are
aware that Tower Records closed at the end of 2006. This,
of course, leaves a gigantic empty space dead center in the
central shopping area of Desert Ridge (not to mention, the
restaurant sharing a common wall is also closed,too).
An agreement was signed at the end of last year with
The Children's Place. The Space previously occupied by
Tower Records is now planned to be occupied by TWO
Stores, "The Childrens Place" is planned for a June or
July opening, AND a "Disney Store" is planned to open
in October. Each store would be separate from each
other, and each would have their own entrance.
In addition, since the "new look" of the "Disney Stores",
which was done by "The Children's Place", (and can
be seen at Paradise Valley Mall, and the Disney Store
discount outlet in Arizona Mills) turned out to be less
than welcoming, the Desert Ridge Disney Store will
have a (yet once AGAIN) updated Disney Store look!
Just a note to say that I am encouraged to see an increase
in a variety of products being offered at The Disney Store
(although the increase has been painfully slow, for my liking).
And thanks to the Disney Store for being THE ONLY store that
I have seen ANY MERCHANDISE in regards to "Meet the Robinsons"
Surprisingly, over the past 2 days, I have seen BRAND NEW
MERCHANDISE for "At Worlds End" at both Target and "Toys-R-Us",
BUT nothing at "The Disney Store", Well, we still have 7 or 8 weeks
until "At Worlds End", So there is still time. And I'm so glad that
they carried Mens Size Button Down shirts last year for PotC!
They are also carrying a small, but nice assortment of Easter
Trays, Dishes, and such. And they are suppose to be carrying
a larger variety of Christmas merchandise, than they did last year!
As for quality, it's been somewhat hit and miss. But, that's because
the Children's Place is still learning the ropes, and testing the waters,
when it comes to merchandise other than Kid's Clothes. Let's all just
hope that they will continue to extend their product line to adults,
besides T-shirts, mugs, and their so-so snowglobes.
The Children's Place will be holding their annual meeting for managers
at WDW, some time in April. Hopefully, there will be some additional
info, that they will be able to share with us, after their meet!
And One Belated Note:
HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY DISNEY STORES!
The Children's Place was low key with
the 20th Birthday of The Disney Stores,
but it is still nice that they did take the
time to recognize the special day!