Kegg’s Candies owner Carl Bartuch Jr. cited a "slow economy" as the reason for the landmark business's closure.
After a sweet 72-year run, Houston’s beloved Kegg's Candies will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the factory and its Westpark Drive location closed for good on June 30. Through a spokeswoman, owner Carl Bartuch Jr., cited a "slow economy" as the reason for the landmark business's closure.
For now, Houstonians in need of a candy fix can visit the shop’s Beechnut Street location, which is offering 25% off confections until July 31st—or until supplies run out.
"Everybody's heartbroken," factory and store manager Colleen Steele told the Chronicle of customers’ reactions. "They keep stocking up as much inventory as they can."
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Steele, a 16-year-employee who lost her job when the staff was recently cut from seven to two, is heartbroken too. "I am sad to see a piece of Houston history go," she said.
Culture Map reports that a handful of Kegg’s former staff has taken their talents to The Chocolate Bar, which will begin making some of Kegg's most popular items, including pecan crisps, pecan clusters, and English toffee.