I've been waiting a long time for Disney to dump its retail operations. The stores are great and all, but they've been a drag on the company's consumer division. This genre of retailing was, at one time, a successful participant in the mall business culture; eventually, people tired of the concept, and sales became tough to manage. Time Warner
Merchandising is, of course, an important driver for the Walt Disney Company, but there's no need for the concern to operate its own physical locations. The model of licensing intellectual property to manufacturers/distributors such as Hasbro
Disney, as we all know, needs to get its stock back to its former glory days; a move like this would help it do that (King Arthur certainly didn't). In the interest of the stockholders, I say to management: Get this divestiture done.
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