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February 29, 2008

Chocolate Museum ‘hand-dipping’ expansion

Downtown St. Stephen’s Chocolate Museum located in the old Ganong chocolate factory recently announced plans for expansion to it’s displays and services offered to visitors. One of the major changes is the move of all the ‘hand-dipping’ chocolate production from the existing Ganong factory on Chocolate Drive back to the old factory on Milltown Boulevard. In the future, visitors will be able to watch the skilled hand-dippers creating the chocolates then buy them in the museum and store next door. Funding and assistance for the new expansion has come from federal, provincial and municipal governments and Ganong Brothers Ltd.

The total museum expansion is projected at $875,629. St. Stephen Town Council has approved a motion to borrow $153,000 for a 10-year capital loan to the museum board for the expansion. A Canada federal grant of $411,000 is coming via the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Province of New Brunswick’s Regional Devopment Corporation (RDP) is providing $200,000. Ganong Bros. chocolate company is offering in-kind assistance valued at $112,000.

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