Disney Springs M&M’s store still set to open this year
An M&M’s store is still slated to bring a rainbow of chocolate offerings to Disney Springs this year.
Even with the coronavirus pandemic hurting both restaurants and retailers, the new store remains on schedule, according to Patrick McIntyre, head of global retail for Mars Retail Group.
The M&M’s store is moving from the Florida Mall, which was the second location of its kind in the United States when it opened in 2005. It will replace the Fit2Run and Curl stores in a 10,200-square-foot space at the Disney complex.
The existing shop at Florida Mall opened back up from a coronavirus closure on May 15, with the company citing its experience in reopening its Shanghai store. It also has locations in New York City, Las Vegas and London.
McIntyre said in an email the business has put in place signs to promote physical distancing, hand sanitizing stations, and a reduced guest capacity restriction.
Plans for the Disney Springs have included more than 100 tubes with M&M’s for customers to pick out what sweets they want to buy, the ability to personalize candy with messages or pictures, and dance parties with M&M’s characters.
Disney Springs emerged from the pandemic on May 20, with 44 establishments opening for masked visitors.
KFC is testing at 15 Central Florida restaurants a chicken sandwich that it says is 20% larger than what’s typically on its menu.
The Orlando-area test run, going through June 21, follows the success of Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich, which gained social media buzz and sellouts last year.
KFC’s new sandwich will be served on a brioche bun with thicker pickles and either classic or spicy mayonnaise, according to a news release. It will be $3.99 or $6.99 for a meal with a side and medium drink.
The sandwich will be tested at restaurants in Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford, Kissimmee, Clermont, Mount Dora and Poinciana. KFC has 24,000 restaurants around the world.
“We wanted a chicken sandwich that really lives up to our legacy as the fried chicken experts and, let’s face it, ours wasn’t the one to beat,” KFC U.S. chief marketing officer Andrea Zahumensky said in the release.
The Louisville-based company, owned by Yum! Brands, added that essential workers featured in the “Pandemic Portraits” series in the Orlando Sentinel during the coronavirus pandemic would get a “first taste.”
The restaurant and music venue inspired by country music star Blake Shelton is preparing to open an Orlando location in early summer after it was delayed by coronavirus.
Ole Red Orlando is hiring a mix of positions from servers to line cooks for the 17,289-square-foot venue at International Drive’s Icon Park, according to a news release. The hiring will take place through June 8, according to its website.