Nutty Cho­co­latier clos­ing next month

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer joelle.kovach @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

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.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

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.

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