Dis­ney Springs M&M’s store still set to open this year

Orlando Sentinel - - Business -

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.

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