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TAKING IT WITH THEM - Members of the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County (ADDWC) prepare to move the Maurie's Candy Store sign in Pekin and bring it to Eureka where the business will re-locate after the first of the year. They plan to use the business to provide jobs for its clients.

EUREKA - The Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County (ADDWC) has a sweet deal for the community and the surrounding area. The organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for local people with developmental disabilities and their families in the area, recently purchased Maurie’s Candy Store in Pekin and plans to re-locate in the downtown business district at 116 N. Main St. The store, which is in the former Peking Garden Restaurant, will serve as a retail outlet for candy sales while providing jobs for ADDWC’s developmentally disabled clients.

“We want meaningful work for them,” ADDWC President Keith McArdle said. “One of the biggest reasons we are taking this on is to provide jobs they can do.”

He added those jobs will include work in the candy-making process and popping popcorn along with working in the store. McArdle pictures some clients also serving as greeters as a way of connecting to the community. The store is expected to employ about 10 individuals.

In addition, they will use the recipes they purchased from Maurie’s to make caramel corn, cheese popcorn, caramel apples in season, fudge and other chocolate goodies on site. McArdle also plans to add jars filled with retail novelty candies that customers can purchase. After some remodeling work, he expects the store to open sometime in January.

See article on Oct. 24 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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