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Vancouver chocolatier closing original shop location after 41 years

This Easter's chocolate treat sales will be bittersweet as the longstanding business exits the neighbourhood.

This Easter's chocolate treat sales will be bittersweet for shoppers and staff of Daniel Chocolates on Robson Street.

The Vancouver-based Belgian chocolatier, whose confections are sold across Canada through retail partners, will close down its original shop this April after 41 years at 1105 Robson St.

A sign on the store of Daniel Chocolates indicates the shop will close permanently on April 22, 2022, when the lease ends.

A recent listing on the real estate site Spacelist shows 1105 Robson's rent as being $12, 416 per month ($271.81/sf/yr for 548 square feet). 

"It is with great sadness that we are leaving Robson Street," notes Daniel Chocolates in its closing message, "the birthplace of our successful chocolate business."

"After 41 years, this decision was not made easily," adds Daniel Chocolates.

Born in Belgium, chocolatier Daniel Poncelet opened his first Vancouver chocolate shop in 1981. Over the years the brand, known for its lineup of additive- and preservative-free chocolates including truffles, bars, and signature holiday pieces, expanded to have standalone shops across the city.  Locations included chocolate shops on South Granville and in North Vancouver, both of which are now closed.

Once the Robson Street shop is closed, customers can visit the Daniel Chocolates factory store in Mount Pleasant (88 East 7th Avenue), visit partner retailers, or order online.