FRANKLIN – After nearly two decades in business, the local Green Mountain Chocolate Company has closed its retail store in Franklin.
Saturday was the last day for the chocolate store at 835 West Central Street, but a second location in Hopedale – a retail and wholesale store – will remain open, owners Lisa and Bill Campbell said on the company’s official Facebook page. business.
“We are very grateful for the long-standing support of the Franklin community. It has been an exciting race to start from scratch and become a part of people’s lives, and we thank you for making our store a success, ”the owners said in a message. “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to this place, but it is time for us to downsize. Taking a step back from a successful business is hard to do, but now is the right time for us. We reach that point in our life where we have to stop and smell the roses. “
The owners declined to comment further on the store’s closure before it officially closed.
The Hopedale store, at 1 Rosenfeld Drive, is approximately 6 miles from the Franklin location.
The Campbells bought the chocolate business in 2002 from Albert Kumin, who was a White House pastry chef during President Jimmy Carter’s tenure. The company then moved from Vermont to Massachusetts, and has since grown into one of the state’s leading chocolate manufacturers.
The company is best known for its truffles, but sells other chocolate treats like chocolate coated chips, crunchy butter and fudge.
His store in Hopedale is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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