A beloved Colonie chocolatier will open its first-ever satellite location in Glenville.
Krause’s Homemade Candy, a maker of old-fashioned peanut brittle, chocolate-covered almond butter toffee, dark chocolate fudge and many other treats, will bring a little old to Socha Management’s brand new $10 million development going up along Route 50. Slated to open this summer, the three-story, 60,000-square-foot building will include a mix of health-care facilities, luxury apartments, office space, a jewelry store, restaurant and other retailers.
“This is the first satellite store that we have done,” said company Vice President Tom Krause. “We thought about it in the past, but this time seems to be the perfect fit.”
Krause’s Candy is three generations strong. It began in 1929 when Alfred Krause brought his knowledge of candymaking from Germany to the United States, opening candy stores on Long Island and in New Jersey, some of which are still in business today.
His son, Manfred, opened a candy store with his wife in Saugerties that featured candy recipes passed down from his father. Their son, Tom, learned the trade from a young age, and in 1986, Tom opened Krause’s Homemade Candy in Albany. A decade later, he moved to a bigger location on Central Avenue in Colonie and expanded even further in 1999 with a new factory on site.
Krause said he’s thought of opening another location for many years, but was wary about their factory’s ability to produce enough supply for the demand that comes around the holidays.
“It was a wonderful problem to have,” he said. “We never had to advertise; we just put out the best product that we could and never had a lack of customers.”
Over the past few years, he and his wife, Ann, who’s president of the company, have trained a select group of employees who are “so good” that they now feel comfortable opening another shop.
“It was hard for us to find the people who could make the quality of candy we wanted in the quantity we needed,” he said. “But in the last few years, we’ve trained talented people who can make the kind of candy we want with very little supervision, so that’s part of the reason we’re able to do this now.”
The new store will occupy just 300 square feet in the ground floor lobby of the new building and be run by one employee to start. They won’t make any chocolate there, but will sell the most popular items from the Colonie store, which include toffee, truffles and turtles.
Also slated for the building:
• EmUrgentCare, a walk-in medical facility run by Albany Medical Center, will occupy 2,400 square feet on the first floor.
• Ellis Medicine will relocate its Glenville primary care practice into 5,500 square feet on the second floor.
• Altamont restaurant Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro will open a second location on the ground floor. The restaurant will occupy 5,100 square feet indoors and 1,400 square feet of outdoor patio space.
• Brittany Jewelers will relocate from Central Avenue in Colonie to 1,500 square feet of space on the first floor.
• 10,000 square feet of office space is still available on the second floor.
• Six corporate apartments, six luxury apartments and four traditional apartment units will occupy the third floor.
• An unnamed local health care provider is also slated to open a facility somewhere in the building.