After closing its store at the Glendale Galleria in April, See's Candies announced recently its relocation to the Americana at Brand as part of a broader expansion in California.
The former Galleria store, which opened in 1976, was the only See's Candies store in Glendale and closed before a new location was named. The South San Francisco-based company will now open a new store in the nearby Americana, two doors down from Nordstrom.
Ann Ostrander, See's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the time between closing and relocating was simply due to scheduling.
"We were never planning to leave the Glendale market. We know it's terrific for us," Ostrander said. "It's really more a matter of timing, which can get complicated when you leave one location and when the replacement is fully constructed and ready to operate."
The new 1,428-square-foot storefront will have a layout similar to the previous location, with a candy counter and self-serve area for customers. At that size, it will join the roughly 75 out of more than 240 See's Candies shops that are larger than the size of the average store in the chain — 1,100 square feet.
Ostrander said customers should enjoy the extra "elbow room," an increase over the Galleria's 1,223-square-foot site.
"Glendale is a great city for us. We know that the market will easily support a larger store," she said. "We want to make sure we have enough registers and shopping space for the large customer count I think we'll see going through that location."
The Americana store is part of almost a dozen new or relocated shops coming to California, according to Ostrander. Planned new and relocated California shops for this year will be in several cities, including San Jose, Castro Village, Manhattan Beach, Paso Robles, Laguna Hills and Calabasas.
Earlier this year, See's Candies opened new stores in Windsor and Pleasant Hill. The company relocated a shop in Escondido.
Although no opening date has been announced at the Americana, Ostrander said company officials hope to open in time for Halloween and before the winter holiday season, which is the company's best time of year for sales.