Albemarle Sweet Shop breaks ground on new location – The Stanly News & Press

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Albemarle Sweet Shop breaks ground on new location

Published 10:16 am Thursday 13 October 2022

After first announcing its intention to move in January, Albemarle Sweet Shop took a big step this week by moving its store from King Avenue to a new building at 310 S. Second St.

On Monday, the store officially broke ground on its new building. It is located on a vacant lot between the post office and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive.

“For me and my family and the company, ‘monumental’ is a good word to describe it,” said owner Shawn Oke of the start of construction. “It’s such a big step for us as a family, for business, and for downtown.”

Oke looks forward to seeing how the new building will impact the community and hopefully help inspire other businesses to come downtown.

“I hope we can be a catalyst for other downtown buildings,” he said.

Sweet Shop owner Shawn Oke plans to open the new location in the first half of 2023. Photo courtesy of Shawn Oke.

The new building is expected to open no later than May, Oke said, and the current location is expected to remain open during most of the construction.

“If I have anything to do with it, it will be as minimal as possible,” Oke said of the closing of the King Avenue location and the opening of the new one. “I’m hoping we can close on Saturday, get enough stuff in there and reopen it on Tuesday.”

The building will be approximately 5,000 square feet, larger than the King Avenue plaza. Oke estimates the lobby will be about three times that size, including at least another 12 feet of cabinet space.

“We’re going to have a lot more extensibility than we have now,” Oke said.

The main thing he wants to convey to customers is that the store “takes the foundation of what the last 100 years of the candy store has created and we’re just building on that.” What got us to where we are today isn’t going anywhere, but we will build on it and add something.”

In addition to the larger location, there will be indoor and outdoor seating, including a patio area, and the company is looking to expand the menu to include items like coffee drinks.

“We’re just trying to get to the next level in terms of what the bakery wants to be,” Oke said.

The Sweet Shop is working with Charlotte-based architect Peadon Finein to “capture as much history as possible into the new building,” according to a January Facebook post, noting that the 1922 building design was “our model for the design of our new building was. The current building’s old wooden floor was also removed for use in the new location’s lobby, Oke said.

The company is also working with a New York company to rebuild and move the 1959 and 1954 ovens to the new location “so we can ensure that our products continue to be baked in the ovens that they have been in for years.” be baked.”

Much of the construction is being done by local companies, which was important to Oke. Stokes Construction is the general contractor and Moore’s Grading, Pate Masonry Supply and Uwharrie Bank are also involved.

“We’re working hard to make sure that we’re using the people here in town that are using us so we continue this cycle where our money becomes their money and then their money comes back and then becomes our money,” said ok.

As the candy store transforms, Oke hopes the feelings of joy and comfort that the store has inspired in customers over the past 100 years will remain strong.

“The history of the candy store and what it means to people is so important,” he said, especially “to come to a place and just forget about all the problems in the world and grab a piece of sweet goodness that brings you back some.” Memories of days gone by.”

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