By Nourhan Dakorury
Lansing Township News staff writer
Owners of a gourmet popcorn and candy store in Eastwood Towne Center say that they are waiting to be fully discovered.
Chester’s Nuts has more to offer than people may expect, according to its owner Mary Ferro.
Ferro has operated the store since 2002, after she bought is from then owner.
The store had initially been opened in 1998 in East Lansing.
In 2005, Ferro moved the store to Eastwood Towne Center, according to Stacey Shell, who works at the store.
Ferro was expecting to get more customers with the move.
At first, her expectations were true, but six years after, things changed.
In February 2012, the mall’s management required Ferro to move her store from between Hampton Jewelers and Claddagh Irish Pub to between Mitchel’s Fish Market and Bravo! Cucina Italiana.
“They moved us because somebody wanted our space,” Ferro said.
A year later, Ferro’s old space is still empty.
She also tried to complain to the management, but nobody responded.
The management of Eastwood Towne Center declined to comment on this statement since sharing information about leases is confidential, according to Emily Desrochers, general manager at Retail Properties of America, Inc., which owns Eastwood Towne Center.
This move has affected the business negatively, since it does not get as many customers as it used to get before the move, according to Ferro.
Since her lease ends in 2015, Ferro is looking at options available if she decides to leave Eastwood Towne Center.
Ferro hopes to see more customers come into her shop and be aware of how much Chester’s Nuts has to offer.
Not only does it have a variety of chocolate covered nuts and gourmet popcorn, like caramel, cheese and Chicago-style, but the staff can also prepare party favors and candy tables for showers, weddings and birthday parties upon request.
The three main delicacies that Chester’s Nuts offer are popcorn, nuts and truffles.
They’re well known for their caramel popcorn, which is produced at the store.
“Regulars usually come for out malt balls though,” said Shell, who is also Ferro’s niece.
The store is primarily a family business where only family members get to work, she said.
Five family members take shifts working in the store, according to Shell.