Chocolate maker opens Williston facility

Aug. 19, 2010

By Greg Duggan
Observer staff

A well-known Vermont company has moved a portion of its operations to Williston.

Burlington-based Lake Champlain Chocolates opened a packaging and distribution center at 290 Boyer Circle on Aug. 9.

“They’re shipping as of that Monday,” Meghan Fitzpatrick, marketing specialist for Lake Champlain Chocolates, said earlier this week.

Fitzpatrick said all of the company’s shipping operations will operate out of the Williston location. Orders will range from wholesale shipments to catalogue and online sales.

“With increased sales in our mail order business, numerous partnerships with companies such as Vermont Teddy Bear, Crate and Barrel, Whole Foods and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, as well as the addition of 20 new products to the 2010-2011 catalog, the move will provide us with the extra space we need to continue this growth,” Allyson Myers, director of Sales and Marketing, said in a press release.

The move was a relocation from a building on Pine Street in Burlington, which Lake Champlain Chocolates shared with, a fast-growing company that builds websites for auto dealers and manufacturers. Lake Champlain Chocolate’s move allows to expand into the vacated space.

Lake Champlain Chocolate’s factory and retail store remain at 750 Pine St, where it has been since 1998. Since it’s founding in 1983, the company has always had a spot on Pine Street.

“It’s a location dear to everyone who’s been here for a long time,” Fitzpatrick said.

The company’s long-term goal is to find one central location for all operations, though Fitzpatrick did not know where that would be. She said Lake Champlain Chocolates signed a seven-year lease for the space at Boyer Circle.

The move comes shortly before the company’s fourth quarter, which Fitzpatrick said is the busiest time of the year as Lake Champlain Chocolates ships fall and holiday products.