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There's Always Room for More Chocolate - Seattle Times

Chocolate machine at Seattle Chocolates factory

Seattle Chocolate Co., the candy maker that brings us Frangos, is shutting down its chocolate- making machines next month to move nine miles south.

It may seem odd to close a chocolate factory during the most romantic month of the year, but Chief Executive Jean Thompson says most Valentine's Day orders have long been filled, some as early as November.

The chocolatier needs more storage to handle the business it has gained since Thompson took the helm in late 2002.

Since then, sales have more than tripled, creating cramped quarters at the factory in South Park. The new location in Tukwila has quintuple the storage space — 50,000 square feet — for holding ingredients, gift boxes, ribbons and other goodies.

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