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Fannie May stores open under Utah ownership

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CHICAGO — Fannie May candy stores are reopening for business under new ownership.

Chicago-based Fannie May Confections Inc., a division of Utah-based Alpine Confections Inc., said Monday that 47 retail stores will open in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin within a month. The first opening is set for today in the southwestern suburb of Oak Lawn.

All of the stores are former Fannie May locations.

Alpine bought the Fannie May and Fanny Farmer brand names in federal bankruptcy court last April for $38.9 million. The 84-year-old business was shut down early this year when then-parent Archibald Candy Corp. went bankrupt.

Forty-one of the new stores will be in Illinois, mostly in the immediate Chicago area. The rest will be in northwestern Indiana and Wisconsin.

"We're proud and excited to be back, carrying on the Fannie May tradition for future generations, with stores opening in time for the holidays," said Alan Petrik, executive vice president and general manager of Fannie May Confections.

He said the new stores will have a broad array of chocolates including such Fannie May classics as caramels, Pixies, Trinidads and Mint Meltaways.