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Glacier Confection is Expanding and Building a Chocolate Factory

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Valentine's Day is tomorrow and hundreds of people are making their way to Glacier Confection in the Brady District. The chocolate shop is stocked with goodies for your sweetie and business is booming.

In fact, owner Bill Copeland says he is expanding and building a factory.

The idea is to add new things like chocolate making classes, chocolate tasting, and even wine and chocolate pairings. Most of the equipment in the Brady District location that has been there for seven years will be moving to the factory near 11th and Sheridan. It is a 50,000 square foot facility that will be built in phases.

"Mainline production, a lot of space, a lot of different support roles, and then our co-packing, and our fulfillment and warehousing," says Copeland. "The new location is really going to allow us to really drive and support our wholesale business which is supplying other chocolate shops, it's supplying hotels, casinos, all of the different big businesses that we are involved with already."

Copeland says they will not close be closing the Brady District location just making more room to add staff so Copeland isn't the only one that makes the treats.

"It's not going to be near as crazy. We just don't have the capacity here. We will have bigger melting tanks, bigger machines, so we can do larger volume," says Copeland.

Copeland says since they will be expanding in phases, some people are already asking for a store at the factory.

"A lot of people want to come to the big factory and do tours and we want that to happen as well, so when they leave a tour they usually want to leave with something," says Copeland.

Copeland says the factory should be open in July and they will be hiring about five to seven people to start out with.

Glacier Confection at 15 E Brady Street will be open Valentine's Day from Noon till 6 P.M.

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