More than a choco­late fac­tory

Choco­latier marks open­ing with town that wel­comed him

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Canada -

A Syr­ian refugee said he and his fam­ily are giv­ing back to the Nova Sco­tia town that helped turn them into a world-recog- nized suc­cess story by em­ploy­ing lo­cals and treat­ing the com­mu­nity to tours of their new choco­late fac­tory.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple waited in line Satur­day at Peace by Choco­late — whose sweets have been touted by Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau — to cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of its new fac­tory in Antigo­nish. Tareq Had­had said his fam­ily has built more than a busi­ness in the town of about 5,000, but a tes­ta­ment to the value of wel­com­ing new­com­ers.

“We are just prov­ing that even if we were bro­ken in life, even if we lost ev­ery­thing in our life, with the sup­port of peo­ple around us, if we are sup­ported by lovely com­mu­nity, we can come back to life eas­ily,’’ Had­had said, his eyes welling up with tears.

“(My fam­ily is) just think­ing, ‘What is the best way to say thank you?’ And re­ally, we feel we don’t need words to­day. The smile on the faces is just enough. Ev­ery­body will be happy when they eat choco­late.’’

Vis­i­tors donned hair nets and plas­tic gloves for Satur­day’s main at­trac­tion — a tan­ta­liz­ing tour of choco­late in the mak­ing by Had­had’s fa­ther, As­sam.

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as­sam Had­had makes choco­late as mem­bers of the com­mu­nity tour the fac­tory in Antigo­nish, N.S.

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