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Cero’s Candies has new owners

Edward and Peter Cero at Cero's first location on east Douglas, which opened in 1885.
Edward and Peter Cero at Cero's first location on east Douglas, which opened in 1885.

Cero’s Candies has its fourth set of owners in its 130-year history.

Pam Bishop and her daughter, Darcy Bishop, who bought the chocolate business in 2010, sold it at the end of November to Betty and Carson Albrecht of Newton.

Bishop said it was time for her to step down and manage a chronic disease that’s plagued her since 1998.

“Business has really been picking up and it became too much to handle,” she said. Darcy didn’t want to continue with the shop without her mother, Pam Bishop said.

Pam Bishop will remain at the shop and help with the transition through January. Darcy has committed to stay at least through Valentine’s day.

The Albrechts had been looking for a business to buy for about a year, said Betty Albrecht. Carson has worked with AGCO, a manufacturing plant, for 30 years. Betty previously owned a day care.

“I’ve done all kinds of retail jobs and manufacturing jobs and food jobs,” she said. “I just want to do something new and be my own boss.”

The couple was aware of Cero’s before they decided to buy it but had never been customers. But they do love chocolate. “Who doesn’t?” Betty said with a laugh.

Betty Albrecht said she won’t make any changes at Cero’s initially but come summer, she’s considering additions like cookies and cupcakes.

Candy “Pete” Cero first opened the shop in at 900 E. Douglas in 1885. In 2010, the Bishops bought Cero’s from the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, which had bought the business from the Cero family in 2000. Cero’s has operated in many spots on Douglas over the years, and in 2013, the Bishops moved it from 1108 E. Douglas to 3429 E. Douglas.

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