10.01.2012

The Candyman comes



HomeMore delicious deserts are arriving in downtown Saratoga. Kilwins, a candy and ice cream chain with 80 locations, will occupy the first floor of Bonacio Construction’s new building, in progress at 422 Broadway. The store will give shoppers 3,000 square feet of confectionary, as owner Bill Hoffman calls his wares.

“We are 50 percent confectionary,” he said. “We have chocolates, fudge, and caramel corn, as well as ice cream. We offer truffles and cream, as well as more whimsical stuff, like Rice Krispies covered with caramel and pecans, drizzled in chocolate.”

Hoffman grew up in Loudonville and attended Shaker High School. He looked for a space for his Kilwins franchise and had no luck for a while.

“Nothing appealed to me,” he said. “I really wanted to be on the right-hand side of Broadway—the east side.”

When Bonacio began work on the 422 Broadway building, Hoffman heard good things about the company and the project. Quality construction is important to him.

“Also, a good landlord is an important part of the puzzle,” he said.

When the building is complete and Hoffman has moved Kilwins in, candy-lovers will have an array of mouthwatering choices.

“Shoppers will come in and see workers hand-stretching peanut brittle on a marble counter,” he said.

--Jennie

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