Warner Bros. Studio Store

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Warner Bros. Studio Store
Subsidiary
Fatebankruptcy
FoundedSeptember 20, 1991; 28 years ago (1991-09-20)[1]
Los Angeles, California
Defunct2005
HeadquartersWarner Bros. Studios, Burbank, ,
Area served
North America, Europe, Japan
Productsappearel toys and merch
ParentWarner Bros. Consumer Products
(WarnerMedia)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Warner Bros. Studio Store is a chain of retail stores selling Looney Tunes, DC Comics, 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.

Hutchison Harbour Ring's subsidiary the PMW Retail Group Ltd., owned an operated the Chinese store locations from 2006 to 2014.

History[edit]

The first Warner Bros. Studio Store was opened on Friday, September 20, 1991 at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, California by Time Warner.[1][2] The store peak out at 130 locations.[3] In 1996, the chain signed a long-term lease for 1 Times Square three story building and six of its billboards and opened a store on all three floors in 1997.[4]

In January 2001, AOL Time-Warner merger was completed at which time the chain was placed up for sale with plans to closes if not sold.[3] The week before February 5, 2001, the flagship location New York's Fifth Avenue was closed.[5] [3] High profile stores in Los Angeles and Palo Alto were also closed. In July, AOL Time-Warners announced that the chain, then consisting of 85 stores, would be shut down by October. Its three-story, 40,000-square-foot Times Square location started liquidation in July[3] and closed in October. Warner Bros. then place up the building up for rent sans the billboards.[4] The last stores closed by December 31, 2001.[6]

In January 2004, Warner Bros. announced they were opening the first Chinese Studio Store location, after agreeing on a licensing deal with Hutchison Harbour Ring.[7] On March 25, 2006, a grand opening celebration was held for the grand opening of the first Studio Store location in China.[8] In October 2006, the second Chinese Warner Bros. Studio Store location opened in Macau.[9]

In 2016, Warner Bros., with the Thinkwell Group opened a new entertainment center in Macau, which featured a new Warner Bros. Studio Store location.[10]

Locations[edit]

Warner Bros. Studio Store is used as the name of various stores around the world, including at the Warner Bros. World theme park,[11] and at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank,[12]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McNARY, DAVE (September 20, 1991). "Warner Bros. opens studio stores". United Press International. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Robaton, Anna (March 5, 1994). "Corporations Showcase Stores On Rise". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Warner Bros. Studio Stores to Close". Los Angeles Times. Reuters. July 7, 2001. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bagli, Charles V. (July 12, 2001). "Bugs Bunny Is Losing His Times Square Home in October". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ James, Meg; Goldman, Abigail (February 5, 2001). "THAT'S ALL, FOLKS: Warner Bros. to Shut its 130 Stores". Chicago Tribune. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Staff, Chronicle; Services, News (July 7, 2001). "AOL to close all Warner Bros. stores". SFGate. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Whiteman, Bobby (January 13, 2004). "Warner Bros. sets up shop in China". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Warner Bross. Consumer Products And Pmw Retail Group Celebrate Grand Opening Of First Warner Bros. Studio Store In Shanghai, China". March 25, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Schiller, Gail (October 23, 2006). "Warner Bros. opens store in Macau". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ "Making Macau Family Friendly". InPark Magazine. March 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Shop Warner Bros. Studio Store".
  12. ^ "– THE EXPERIENCE – Warner Bros. Studio Store".