It is a sad day indeed when the oldest candy company in America faces bankruptcy. Necco, the company that makes the Necco Wafers and Sweethearts, announced that it would shut down its plant in Revere, Massachusetts after more than 170 years in business. And because people love those Sweethearts and their other nostalgic candy, people all over New England and the rest of the country are storming the candy shelves to find their favorites before they’re gone forever.
The tragic announcement came on March 6. Current CEO Michael McGee said the company could close down – if it does not find an adequate buyer. After 171 years in business, people will certainly miss their candies, which manage to stay fresh for an abnormally long time.
Necco Wafers would probably be the most missed candy if the plant closed, the Wall Street Journal reported. You know these chalky candies. And they’re great for storing for years because they stay “fresh” for longer than you care to remember.
Since the announcement came, the president of CandyFavorites.com has received hundreds of orders of Necco Wafers in anticipation of the candy business’s closing.
“They’re shocked and scared,” Jon H. Prince told the Journal about Necco’s fans. “They’re not happy about it.”
Because demand is up, the candies could be gone quicker than Necco planned. Another site, CandyStore.com reported that Necco Wafer sales rose 63 percent since the announcement in just a matter of days.
Not one but numerous people also called CandyStore.com and offered to buy their entire stock of Necco Wafers. Apparently, people are hurrying to horde the candy before it is gone for good.
eBay has candy listings charging as much as $30 per box. Because people know they’re not getting Necco candies again, they’re willing to pay high prices for their otherwise average candies.
Before making the announcement public, CEO Michael McGee approached the mayor of Revere, MA, Brian Arrigo, to warn the official about the company’s dire future. And if things don’t change, layoffs are expected to start in May. In other words, people are about to get fired if a buyer doesn’t come soon.
As of 2011, the company employed 500 people in the small New England town.
Necco Wafers have been produced since 1847. That means soldiers in the Civil War were enjoying them just like you are today.
But not everyone likes the candy. Nonetheless, they are a piece of American history.
Readers of Mail Online contributed some thoughts about the potential closing of the candy plant.
“No, no, no, no. These are the best!!!!!”
“Omg. My 17 yr old loves these. I hope they can stay in business.”
“What would Valentine’s Day be without Sweethearts? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”
The following people could care less if it goes away.
“I always saw this candy on racks, tried it a single time and never again. This candy is disgusting. How it stayed in business almost two centuries speaks to people’s need to self-punish through weird methods.”
What do you think will happen with Necco? And will you stock up while you can?