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Mootz Candies in Downtown Pottsville Faces Wrecking Ball

Demolition on the former Mootz Candies property in downtown Pottsville got underway Wednesday.

The Canary was there as a demolition crew wrapped up work for the day.

You can see holes punched into the side and a portion of the porch roof on the facade is missing. The wrecking crew appeared to be removing items from inside the once beloved homemade candy store downtown.

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It wasn’t Easter if there wasn’t one of Mootz’ big coconut cream eggs, coated in chocolate with your name on it.

Windows were also removed from the corner property of the former candy story.

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These scenes surely drum up some sad emotions for Pottsville natives and ex-pats. Mootz Candies was a beloved downtown family-run business.

So many in Schuylkill County have great memories of shopping there — going there with their parents or grandparents for the first time. Maybe it was the smell of chocolate or the promise of getting a clear toy candy — or their famous coal candy — if you didn’t throw a tantrum.

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And for others, Mootz Candies was their first job. They either worked downtown or at the Fairlane Village Mall store.

The store’s been closed for nearly a decade now. The previous owners of this property claimed that construction activity at the new “intermodal” Union Station permanently damaged the foundation of the former candy store. They sued and eventually settled that lawsuit but never re-opened the candy store.

It would have never been the candy store that holds so many memories for Pottsville residents. But it’s sad to see it go regardless of its current condition.

That’s especially true when you realize what it’s about to become. It definitely won’t be a place that will create memories for the next generation of the city’s people.

The Future of the Mootz Candies Store in Downtown Pottsville

Work on the former candy store continued Thursday.

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If we gave you 3 guesses on what’s to become of this property once the former Mootz Candies stores are gone, you’d probably get it right on the first try. It’s going to be a parking lot.

But don’t plan on using it should you find yourself in downtown Pottsville.

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The property got purchased by the Municipal Authority. Their headquarters are across South Centre Street downtown. They already have a parking lot behind the buildings they apparently needed a few decades ago. But apparently they need more.

The plan is to use the parking lot on Centre Street for employee parking, about 10 spots. There MAY be some customer parking spots in this new lot but don’t bet on it.


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  1. coalregion12

    November 21, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    The worst part is, there goes another tax property for the City.
    That area used to be an anchor for the Southern Area of the city. From Mootz to across the street and down the block has all turned into tax-exempt properties now.
    SCMA seems to be the new power player for Real Estate in the city.

    • admin

      November 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Working on something about this trend (been happening for 20+ years) in Pottsville.
      How much of our water bill goes to paying administration costs at SCMA? Two employee parking lots?

      • coalregion12

        November 21, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        All these Authorities need to be examined, Parking, SCMA, Sewer etc. SCMA leveled their block years ago to put their new building and water fountain in. Yes, the building looks beautiful as does the fountain, but what about the business properties that were removed?

        • admin

          November 21, 2019 at 7:32 pm

          We need a Like button.

  2. insider

    November 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Pottsville council names themselves as parking authority board.Pottsville housing authority names themselves as Barefield board.SMH

  3. Pingback: Parking Wars - Unlikely Source of Savage Trolling at Pottsville Parking Authority - Coal Region Canary

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