SOURCE: DEVELOPERS & CHAINS
Late in July, the tenth KandJu opened in Plaza Trois Rivieres at Boul des Forges and Boul des Ricollets in Trois Rivieres to bring the chain of coulourful specialty candy stores to ten locations in Quebec. Each of the stores feature a wide selection of confectionery products from more than 40 manufactures around the world as well as its own candy skewers and cones sold under the Marie & Franky brand name. The various candies are available in bulk quantities in buckets, in self-serve dispensers, etc. The stores also include a limited selection of gourmet food items such as dips, jams, sauces, etc. and gift items. KandJu also operates an on-line component. The chain continues to grow and Manon Parisien at Aurora Realty Consultants handles the site selection. KandJu is seeking 1000 to 1150 square foot units in regional malls, lifestyle centres and high traffic urban street front sites. Currently discussions are underway for another location in Quebec City and the chain is targeting the St Jerome, Sherbrooke and Drummondville for future development. Introduced in 2013, KandJu is a retail format by Ludik Candy Designer, a twelve year old importer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide selection of confectionery products that was launched by Marie-Ève Gladu and François St-Laurent. The wholesale company’s products are presently carried by over 3000 independent retail stores across the country as well as its private label lines in several national retailers.