Warner Bros. Studio Store
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The Warner Bros. Studio Store was a chain of retail stores selling Looney Tunes and other merchandise based on Warner Bros. films, similar in style to The Disney Store. They first opened in 1991. In 1996, Warner Bros. owner Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting, which owned Hanna-Barbera and the pre-1986 MGM library, and merchandise based on Turner properties were added to the product lines. In 2001, all Warner Bros. Studio Stores went out of business. In 2006, Warner Bros. Consumer Products partnered with PMW Retail and reopened the stores in China.
In the United Kingdom, the chain had outlets in various locations around London, including Regent Street, Gatwick Airport, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Bentall Shopping Centre and Bluewater Shopping Centre. There were also locations outside London such as Merry Hill Shopping Centre near Birmingham, Meadowhall Centre near Sheffield, Manchester, Gateshead Metro Centre, Sunderland, Glasgow, Chester, Preston and Aberdeen.
All UK Warner Bros. Stores closed in 2004.
Republic of Ireland
The Middle East
In 1998, a franchise agreement was entered into to bring Warner Bros Studio Stores to the Middle East. Three flagship stores were opened: two in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah and Al Khobar; another in Dubai. These stores opened with considerable success, but were closed by 2001.
There were three stores in Thailand : first in CentralPlaza Ladprao, Bangkok(opened in 2002) .Second in Siam Square , Bangkok (flagship store) (opened in 2003) and third in Patong Beach, Phuket. All stores have been closed down.