“The Crossroads” near Disney closing to make way for ‘I-4 Beyond the Ultimate’ project!

Shopping center near Disney closing to make way for ‘I-4 Beyond the Ultimate’ project!

This story has been circulating for quite some time, but now we have specifics. The Crossroads, the popular shopping and restaurant area right across from the Disney Springs entrance to Walt Disney World, will be closing by August. I was hoping this wasn’t the case, as this area has a lot of vacation memories for us and so many. Here is the full scoop from WESH news in Orlando.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — If you’ve recently paid a visit to the Crossroads Shopping Center, you might’ve noticed many of the shops and restaurants, like the Goodings grocery store and the Sweet Tomatoes, are already closed and soon, all businesses in this plaza will be gone.

The shopping center is situated right near the corner of I-4 and State Road 535 or Apopka-Vineland Road.

Restaurants like TGI Fridays, FireHouse Subs, Buffalo Wild Wings, and others are located on one side. Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Uno Pizzeria and more are on the other.

Some of them have already shut down. Others are getting ready to close their doors, which is something they’ll have to do by the end of August.

“When we come to visit Disney we always stop at this grocery store to do a little bit of shopping if we need to pick-up anything like cough syrup or anything like that, we always come by so it’s a little upsetting that it’s gone,” one visitor said.

“Seeing all these places go that’s been so much of history is really going to be odd,” another visitor said.

According to officials with the Florida Department of Transportation, the state reached a $198-million agreement to acquire the shopping center.

The plans are part of the ‘I-4 Beyond the Ultimate’ project and are still in the design phase, but include making room for express lanes on I-4 and reconfiguring the I-4, Apopka-Vineland Road intersection by building ramps for a new interchange that’ll ease congestion in the area.

FDOT says once the businesses have been vacated, demolition will begin.

So what about you? Will you miss this popular area? I know I will!  Thank you to WESH for the information.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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