The owners of McIntyre's Candies say construction of their new sales and manufacturing facility on the 3500 block of Sixth Avenue near Mansion Park is expected to begin in early fall.
McIntyre's, owned by Donald A. Ruggery Sr. and his two sons, Donald A. Ruggery Jr. and John F. Ruggery, recently received a $200,000 loan from the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission to help pay for the $650,000 project.
The project calls for the construction of a 5,000-square-foot building where McIntyre's will make pizzelles - including chocolate-striped ones - and "buzz bars" of coffee-flavored candy bars.
The building also will house a 1,750-square-foot retail store that also will sell Ritchey's Dairy ice cream and hot dogs, said Donald Ruggery Sr.
He said he expects the facility to be completed sometime before Christmas. He is excited about the location, next to Spherion, his employment and referral firm.
"We liked the site because the traffic is so good for potential candy buyers," Ruggery said. "When Mansion Park has 3,500 people during football season, some of those people will come into our candy store."
L.S. Fiore will be the general contractor for the project, which is expected to lead to the creation of about 15 new jobs - store clerks and candy makers, Ruggery said.
McIntyre's will continue to operate its two other retail stores at 1419 11th Ave., Altoona, and 2 Bird Cage Walk, Hollidaysburg.