M&M’s store to re­lo­cate to Dis­ney Springs from mall

Orlando Sentinel - - CENTRAL FLORIDA BUSINESS -

When the Florida Mall M&M’s store re­lo­cates to Dis­ney Springs next year, cus­tomers will be able to personaliz­e their candy with mes­sages or even pic­tures of their pets.

The new 10,200-square-foot M&M’s store is ex­pected to open in 2020. It will be on the west side of Dis­ney Springs, 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista.

A clos­ing date for the more than 16,000-square-foot Florida Mall store was not an­nounced, but the com­pany is look­ing to make the tran­si­tion as seam­less as pos­si­ble, said Pa­trick McIn­tyre, di­rec­tor of global re­tail at Mars Re­tail Group. The Florida Mall store opened in 2005.

Con­struc­tion is start­ing im­me­di­ately on the Dis­ney Springs store. It is re­plac­ing the Fit2Run and Curl stores, McIn­tyre said.

The new store will fea­ture more than 100 tubes of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties and col­ors of M&M’s, an up­grade over the Florida Mall shop, McIn­tyre said.

He said suc­cess­ful brands have found ways to con­nect with their con­sumers, who want to iden­tify with a brand be­yond trans­ac­tions.

“Con­sumer be­hav­iors are shift­ing,” McIn­tyre said.

The Or­lando shop is one of five M&M’s ex­pe­ri­en­tial stores owned and op­er­ated by Mars Re­tail Group. The other stores are in New York City, Las Ve­gas, Lon­don and Shang­hai.

“Dis­ney Springs is one of the most pop­u­lar re­tail des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try, mak­ing it the per­fect lo­ca­tion for our new M&M’s ex­pe­ri­en­tial store,” McIn­tyre said in a news re­lease. “Guests will be fully im­mersed into an in­ter­ac­tive choco­late ex­pe­ri­ence that will cre­ate more mo­ments and more smiles through the col­or­ful fun of M&M’s.”

A Hun­gry Howie’s store has been tem­po­rar­ily closed by state health in­spec­tors twice since Oc­to­ber with ro­dent drop­pings, ac­cord­ing to the

Florida De­part­ment of Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion.

The restau­rant at 2262 Aloma Ave., Win­ter Park, was tem­po­rar­ily closed on Dec. 19 with vi­o­la­tions in­clud­ing ro­dent drop­pings, its in­spec­tion shows. It then met in­spec­tion stan­dards the same day.

The Hun­gry Howie’s was also tem­po­rar­ily closed in Oc­to­ber with ro­dent drop­pings and then met stan­dards that same day as well. Its owner could not be reached for com­ment.

It was one of four Or­lando-area restau­rants tem­po­rar­ily closed by in­spec­tors be­tween Nov. 20 and Dec. 19.

Lit­tle Saigon Restau­rant, 1106 E. Colo­nial Drive, Or­lando, was tem­po­rar­ily closed on Nov. 26 with “sewage/waste­water backing up through floor drains,” its in­spec­tion stated. It re­opened the same day.

Sean Nguyen, the man­ager at his fam­ily-run restau­rant, de­scribed the sewage backup as an ac­ci­dent and said a plumber took care of the is­sue.

Lit­tle Saigon was also tem­po­rar­ily closed in Au­gust with live roaches and ro­dent drop­pings, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion. A restau­rant staffer

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