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Sweet stop to close
September 02, 2009, 09:48 PM By Heather Murtagh

Sandra Santos/Daily Journal Shaw's Candy and Ice Cream Parlor in Millbrae will be closing Sept. 14 after originally being opened at the location in the 1930s.

Eating a cold treat inside a cozy ’50s-style ice cream shop will soon be a thing of the past in Millbrae as Shaw’s Candy and Ice Cream prepares to close this month due to leasing issues with its landlord.

Closing the location does not mean a closure to the business, said co-owner Wayne Sosnick. Where the Peninsula shop will relocate, however, is unknown. It will leave a vacant spot in the iconic corner location so long connected with treats.

Sosnick explained the situation plainly: They were not able to get a lease extension. The candy and ice cream store will be closing the week of Sept. 14. Problems with the lease became apparent late last year. Sosnick began looking for new locations in November but has yet to be successful.

Shaw’s opened at the location in 1932. The Sosnick family has owned it since 1999. Threats of the store’s closure are not unheard of. Questions about the possible closing arose in 2006, when the property was put up for sale.

Tax records for the property show it appears to have been sold since and Shaw’s remained in place. Multiple calls to the property owner were not returned.

The Sosnick family previously housed the chocolate factory on site. Candy production was moved off site in January because a lease extension could not be worked out, said Sosnick.

Recipes for the family’s candy treats remain the same, but the cooks now make it in different locations.

Sosnick hopes to open the new shop somewhere on the Peninsula.

"It’s a shame to see such a longtime business leaving Millbrae,” said Mayor Robert Gottschalk, who was unsure what if any plans were in store

Ralph Petty, Community Development and Parks Director, noted there were various people who looked at the property in recent years. But nothing seemed to stick. Petty had not heard of any plans for the site after the scheduled closure.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by e-mail: heather@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

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