Raul Candy Store in East Village will close its doors permanently by the end of February after 45 years in the city’s confectionery commerce. The shop, run by a couple Raul and Petra, has become an iconic store, frequented by kids and adults alike. A sign, notifying customers that the shop will be closed down soon, is now hanging on the shop’s door and loyal customers line up to get a final grab of their favorite sweets. Visitors include some celebrities, too: Rosario Dawson, an actress, was seen shopping at the store. It is also rumored that she plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help the store stay in business.
Today’s prices at the candy shop are hardly different from the ones which were established 45 years ago. Yet while the rent was some $100 back then, today it amounts to $2,400. However, Raul, who emigrated to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, says this is not the reason the shop is closing down. The man is about to retire and is no longer able to run the store, which had been his life ever since he moved to America. On the store’s final day, which is planned to be February 28th, all candies will be given away for free.
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