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