I am having a similar issue with my deployment of this theme.
Can the widgets in the free version be changed or removed? Or is the only way to customize sidebar widgets to purchase the Premium version of the theme?
If this is a limitation of the Free theme it is extremely frustrating and NOT documented at all in theme details. I’ve used WordPress for a very long time and used dozens and dozens of themes, and this is the first theme that does not allow the use of custom widgets on any of the sidebars in a Free version.