WEST LOOP — Lovers of Blommer’s chocolate will have until the end of next month to stock up on treats from the West Loop store before it closes the shop for good.
On Tuesday, the company announced it will close the Blommer retail store at 600 W. Kinzie St. on Feb. 28 to expand the facility.
“In the coming year, we will begin updating and refreshing the Chicago facility including several enhancements in and around the plant,” the company announced.
The company, however, has no plans to reopen the store.
“Blommer is excited about the changes ahead as a growth opportunity for our employees, our neighbors and the Chicago community,” company officials said in a statement.
In November 2018, Japanese company Fuji Holdings signed a $750 million deal to buy Blommer and its manufacturing operations in the West Loop.
As part of the acquisition, Fuji Oil, which supplies oils, fats, confectionery and bakery ingredients, will take over operations and manufacturing of Blommer’s three U.S. locations, its Canadian operations and its Chinese operations.
Founded in 1939, Blommer has been family-owned for three generations. The chocolate producer is the third-largest industrial chocolate producer and fifth-largest cocoa bean processor.
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