Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closes on Ann Arbor's East Liberty Street
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closed its doors over the weekend after five years in downtown Ann Arbor.
Franchise owner Angela Eddins decided to close the chocolate shop at 521 E. Liberty St. when her lease expired at the end of March, said the building’s listing broker Randy Maas of Swisher Commercial.
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The 1,864-square-foot space is now vacant, and Maas said he and Swisher Commercial’s Mike Giraud are negotiating a deal with a new tenant.
“We’re pretty close to signing a lease, so we really never actually put (the space) on the market,” Maas said. He declined to provide details on the prospective tenant.
Founded in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has stores in Michigan, according to its website. Eddins opened the Ann Arbor store in April 2008.
In 2012, Eddins told AnnArbor.com that business at her store dropped significantly after Borders closed its flagship store on East Liberty and Maynard streets.
From that report:
"It used to be insane because people would always go to Borders (bookstore) and then come over to us,” she said. “Everyone would come to our store with a Borders bag in hand. This year, with Borders not being there, it was much less crowded.”
Maas said he has several prospective tenants for the Pink Pump space at 601 E. Liberty St.