Buffalo Trading Co., the Western-themed store in Disney Village, will close its doors tonight for the last time, with work soon beginning to bring the very first Starbucks to Disney property...,
The arrival of a Starbucks Coffeehouse was originally touted as long ago as last March, when rumours surfaced for two new dining locations in Disney Village. Though nothing was later heard of the second rumour, an Earl of Sandwich sandwich store, it became clear in July 2008 that Buffalo Trading Co. had become the preferred location for the first Starbucks within a Disney resort.
And today, 26th January 2009, almost 17 years since it first opened with the Euro Disney Resort, Buffalo Trading Co. officially closes.
Member phantom247 on magicforum reports that stock clearance will begin immediately, with much of the remaining merchandise moved to Frontierland’s Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building stores. Cast Members will be repositioned to other Disney Village locations, with Starbucks arriving to fit out their new location as soon as next Monday morning.
Though cherished by many fans and fabulously decorated throughout, Buffalo Trading Co. was certainly not the most profitable of the Disney Village stores — not least considering its’ product line overlapped substantially with that of the Frontierland and Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne boutiques.
Originally intended as a partner to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, selling official merchandise from the show, the shop even has a large window through to the pre-show entertainment area of the dinner show arena behind.
Starbucks, for the uninitiated, is arguably the largest and most recognisable coffeehouse chain in the world, selling a large range of hot drinks along with small snacks and sweet treats. Though somewhat infamous for their aggressive expansion (“a Starbucks on every corner”), the chain has yet to arrive on any Disney resort property anywhere in the world. The closest they’ve come so far, in fact, is at Disneyland Resort Paris itself, with the branch over at Val d’Europe Centre Commercial that does, technically, lie on Disney property.
The arrival of this new establishment at Disney Village is intended to both increase dining capacity and introduce a new, informal venue for refreshments, outside of the main restaurants. For Starbucks, it’s a chance to position themselves alongside another famous — and now well-accepted — American brand in a country where they’ve been struggling to get a foothold.
But, for Buffalo Trading Co., it’s time to ride off into the sunset…