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Disneyland’s Downtown Disney to open two new stores

The recession has not been kind to many of the tenants of Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping mall. The Anne Geddes show just closed, and Basin closed in January. Today two new retail stores were announced to be opening this spring – Sanuk, a footwear shop and BLINK, a denim apparel store – replacing the recently shuttered locations.

“We look forward to welcoming both Sanuk and BLINK to Downtown Disney,” said Tony Bruno, vice president, Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney. “Both locations will provide our guests with distinctive product and are a great fit with our unique blend of retail, dining and entertainment offerings.”

Sanuk’s new flagship location will offer the largest selection of product available outside of the company’s online store, including flip flops, surf sandals and other beach footwear, such as their signature yoga mat flip-flops.

“Taking its name from the Thai word for fun, Sanuk strives to make innovative products that are as much about funk as they are about function,” said Jeff Kelley, Sanuk founder. “We are happy to be back at Downtown Disney.”

Sanuk first joined Downtown Disney in 2010 – that pop-up was the company’s first retail store. Its success paved the way for the new, larger space.

Also coming to Downtown Disney this spring is BLINK, a denim-focused pop-up concept, owned by Wet Seal. BLINK features the latest trends in denim, while also offering a variety of fashion and casual tops, as well as accessories to complete a desired look. The BLINK concept was developed out of Wet Seal’s strong denim focus and serves as an extension of the brand.

“Opening Wet Seal’s concept shop BLINK in Downtown Disney, a major Southern California tourist destination, will be a great opportunity for the brand,” said Steve Benrubi, chief financial officer of The Wet Seal, Inc. “We’re eager to feature our new location in the vibrant entertainment area of the resort, and expect that visitors will enjoy shopping a wide assortment of merchandise.”

At BLINK, “Denim Experts” will be available to offer a high level of service and product knowledge about dozens of styles from various fashion brands.

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