Mars presents $30K check for Kansas Ave. Project

Site Manager of Mars Chocolate North America, Brett Spangler presents a $30,000 check to Downtown Topeka Inc. on May 12, 2014. (Photo By Rocky Arnold, Kansas First News).

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Sales from the two week M&M World Pop up Store was donated Monday.

Monday morning, Mars Chocolate North America presented a check to Downtown Topeka Inc for 30 thousand dollars.

The money will go to the Kansas Avenue Revitalization Project. The donation is in addition to an October infusion of 200 thousand dollars from the company.

The Topeka store was only the second pop up store the company had tried. The company’s first was in Hackettstown New Jersey, where the company is based, it raised only 7 thousand dollars.

Brett spangler the site manager at the Topeka plant says he wasn’t surprised by the response the store got.

“I think from the very first day that we opened the retail store we saw the commitment from the community no doubt about that. It’s been exciting ever since, we had lines out the door every single day so it’s pretty clear we needed to try and keep up with the demand the Topeka community was driving.”

The store was located at 713 South Kansas from March 28th to April 13th. 95 Mars volunteers spent more than 600 hours to make the store possible.

One of the best selling items at the store was an M&M shirt that read “Made in Topeka.”

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