Nutty Chocolatier closing next month
The Nutty Chocolatier on George St. downtown is closing its doors for good at the end of September.
There’s a for-lease sign in the store window, as well as a poster advertising a sale in September (when all products will be 50 per cent off ).
The closure comes due to factors such as the recent minimum wage increase as well as competition from large stores, store clerk Alexandra Ciapala said.
The store closure will affect nine employees (a full-time manager, plus eight part-timer workers), she said.
The announcement has left lots of shoppers sad, Ciapala said.
“I’ve had a lot of customers come in and say they remember this place from childhood,” she said. “They say this is their favourite store and they’re going to miss it.
Nutty Chocolatier Co. Ltd. was founded in 1988. President Ken Koury wasn’t available for comment on Wednesday.
The company website lists five Nutty Chocolatier locations in Ontario, but the one in Guelph recently closed.
The others – in Port Perry, Huntsville and Toronto (Beaches) – are not expected to close (The Examiner phoned them all).
The Nutty Chocolatier is known for its truffles, fudge, candy and ice cream.
Its chocolate eggs were also featured for many years in the downtown’s free Easter egg hunt.
“I’ll miss their involvement with the Easter egg hunt,” said Downtown BIA executive director Terry Guiel.
Although the Nutty Chocolatier location was previously home to another candy store – Cavell Candy Shop – it was built as a hotel in 1858.
Elwood Jones, archivist at Trent Valley Archives, said it was originally called Caisse Hotel.
“It was the fanciest hotel in town, actually,” he said.
Caisse Hotel had four stories and 40 rooms, he said, and continued to operate as a hotel – albeit under different names – until the 1920s.
A for lease sign is visible in the Nutty Chocolatier storefront. The business on George St. will close its doors at the end of September.