Correction appended, March 12.
Wisconsin residents might want to start stockpiling their favorite flavors: The Jelly Belly Candy Co. warehouse and store are leaving the Badger State for good.
The company plans to sell its 40-acre property in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., and move operations to Tennessee, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. A spokesperson for the California-based company confirmed the building had been put up for sale but said there was no timeline in place yet for the change. “Our public warehouse tours remain open per usual and we have a full schedule of activities planned for the summer,” Jana Sanders Perry said.
The 25 employees of the warehouse and a number of part-time store employees were informed of the news on Monday. The property, assessed at $4.3 million, has belonged to the company since 2001.
“It’s disappointing,” Kansasville, Wisc., resident Ann Konrad told TMJ4. “I think the Jelly Belly’s been kind of a name here in Pleasant Prairie for awhile, they’ve got the tours and the samples, and I’m surprised that they’re closing down.”
Last year, the company announced it was moving production of its Jelly Belly branded beans from its North Chicago factory to its Fairfield, Calif., headquarters.
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the status of Jelly Belly Candy Company’s Chicago factory. It no longer produces Jelly Belly-branded beans but still does contract manufacturing for the company.
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