bittersweet ending

Beloved Houston chocolate shop to shutter after 72 years of sweet service

Beloved Houston chocolate shop to shutter after 72 years of service

Kegg's Candies Houston closing
Kegg's is closing its doors after 72 years in Houston.  Courtesy photo

Bitter news for local candy lovers: The popular store Kegg's Candies announced that it will shutter on July 31.

Since 1946, the company has been serving the Houston community with their favorite chocolates and treats. The owner, Carl Bartuch Jr., said a "slow economy" was the reason for the business's closure, in a statement.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the factory and its shop on Westpark Drive closed June 30. The staff was cut down to two from seven — a dramatic drop, as the factory and two stores employed twice that many in years past.

Some of the staff members are now working at the Chocolate Bar, which will soon begin making some of Kegg's most popular items like pecan crisps, pecan clusters, and English toffee.

Houstonians who need a chocolate fix can visit Kegg's Candies on 4934 Beechnut St., which will offer 25 percent off their treats while supplies last.


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