Here is a message from reader Sande: “See’s Candies will be opening a new store in the Calle Real shopping plaza. My neighbor’s house is a vacation rental and yesterday two See’s construction crews arrived and will stay there till July, while they work on the new store.”
In case this report is true I stopped by Calle Real in Goleta to take a look. There are about a dozen empty storefronts and all but one have a for-lease sign on the front. The one without a sign is at 5731 Calle Real, immediately to the right of Kyle’s Kitchen, and the windows are papered over. Boxes of supplies and a ladder, ready for action, are the lonely occupants in an otherwise empty room. The confectionery has stores locally in La Cumbre Plaza and Paseo Nuevo Mall, and, if the rumor is true, this would mark See’s Candies return to Goleta. Reader Suzanne says that the dessert destination briefly had a storefront on the north side of Calle Real a few years ago.
See’s Candies is an American manufacturer and distributor of candy, particularly chocolates. There are 297 See’s Candies locations in the United States as of last year and the state with the most number of See’s Candies locations is our own, with 202 locations, which is 68% of all See’s Candies locations in America. It was founded by Charles See, his wife Florence, and his mother Mary in Los Angeles in 1921. The company is now headquartered in South San Francisco and has been owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corporation since 1972.
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