SCRANTON — A long-empty warehouse in Scranton has a new owner and a new lease on life.
It will be the new home for a business that will be expanding for the first time in its 110 year history.
The old Patterson warehouse sits behind several businesses on Davis Street.
Dental tools used to be made there, but the building has been empty for many years.
It is being developed into a professional plaza that can fit three or four businesses.
One business is lined up so far, Dunmore Candy Kitchen, and it’s in desperate need of the extra space.
Since it first opened in 1904, not much has changed about how Dunmore Candy Kitchen makes its chocolate, or the space employees make it in. They say it feels especially cramped on theses last few days before Easter.
“We have a very loyal customer base and we just can’t keep up with production. So, we started looking for another outlet and a bigger kitchen to help the demand,” said owner Nick Reuther.
Dunmore Candy Kitchen will keep its original location on Drinker Street in Dunmore. But, making candy should get a bit easier in a bigger production space planned for Scranton.
They will add another store inside the old Patterson Dental company on Davis Street in Scranton. It’s a space that’s almost four-times the size of the original store, but just a small part of a new professional plaza that’s planned.
The Patterson building is 28,000 square feet. The Dunmore Candy Kitchen is only using about 6,000 of that, meaning there’s plenty of room for a few more businesses.
Realtor John Bonacci told Newswatch 16 he has talked with a few prospective tenants for the rest of the building that he hopes will be ready to go by the fall.
“There’s a lot of room for retail, I think we have a lot of room for parking, I think we have good visibility from Davis Street. We’re excited, we’re excited about being here,” Bonacci said.
Dunmore Candy Kitchen hopes to open its new store in September. And the new owners of the Patterson building hope the rest of the leases for this building will be signed by then, too.