CANDYWAREHOUSE.COM – Tops Lists, Grows Team, and Prepares for Expansion – All in 2009

Summary:
CandyWarehouse.com named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America for the 3rd year in a row and plans to triple its warehouse capacity with expansion into fully air-conditioned 33,600 square foot warehouse in El Segundo, CA, USA, located within blocks of Los Angeles International Airport.

Irwindale, California, USA November 2, 2009 – Candywarehouse.com, Inc. has been recently recognized with the following accolades:

  • Named by Inc. Magazine to its Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country, ranking #1,655 (see http://www.inc.com/inc5000). 2009 is the third consecutive year the company has made this list.
  • Named by the Los Angeles Business Journal to its list of the top 50 fastest growing private companies in Los Angeles (see http://labusinessjournal.com). 2009 is the second consecutive year the company has made this list.

“All of us CandyWarehouse elves have worked extremely hard to get where we are today and we are deeply honored and appreciative, such recognition gives us even more encouragement to continue providing customers with the most diverse and creative selection of candy products delivered fresh, fast and with the utmost care,” says founder and president Christopher Pratt.

In its constant effort to better service its customers, Candywarehouse.com recently hired a full-time in-house photographer and videographer to keep its website updated on a daily basis and provide the most accurate and detailed photos of its products. “We want to give our customers the feeling of almost being able to taste, feel and smell the candy,” says Mr. Pratt, “….we know how important it is for our event planners, parents, artists, set designers, charity organizers, brides and bridegrooms to know exactly what they are getting.” “We firmly believe that a picture does say a thousand words.”

Another addition to the CandyWarehouse team is its Director of Operations, Peilin Pratt. Ms. Pratt has a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and has worked in corporate America for over ten years. She started her career as a corporate attorney at one of the country’s top law firms, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, then moved on to the entertainment industry working most recently as a business affairs executive at CBS Television Studios where she negotiated multi-million dollar talent deals. “I am excited to not only become part of the CandyWarehouse family but a full-fledged elf,” says Ms. Pratt. “I mean, helping this team deliver products that make people’s eyes light up and mouths water . . . I can’t imagine anything more fun and rewarding.”

Ms. Pratt has recently closed her first deal at Candywarehouse.com, a new 7-year warehouse lease valued at over $2 million. The company will be moving its operations from Irwindale, California to El Segundo, California this December 2009 with the objective to again, better serve its customers. The new 33,600 square-foot facility will be entirely air-conditioned to create the most ideal environment for preserving the freshness and shelf-life of candy and chocolate. Unlike many of its competitors, CandyWarehouse does not drop ship and can carefully monitor the quality of its products, especially during hot summer months. CandyWarehouse will be in good company. El Segundo has the second highest concentration of Fortune 500s in the state of California, behind San Francisco. That’s not bad for a small beach city just over five square miles in size. El Segundo has managed to attract the cream of the crop in aerospace, information technology, manufacturing, health care, oil refining, and other key industries. (see http://elsegundobusiness.com/biz_f500.htm) El Segundo is located approximately one mile from both the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles International Airport, where the temperate weather and close proximity to one of the largest airports in the world provides customer assurance that their candy remains fresh during transport and is shipped out fast. “During warm weather, our UPS and FedEx priority packages containing meltable candy will be shipping out of an airport that is generally 20 degrees cooler than airports used by our competitors,” says Mr. Pratt. El Segundo is also close to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which will provide ready access to imports from around the world. CandyWarehouse recently created an Asian Candy section, has added products from Germany (Reber Chocolate Specialties and Asbach Uralt) as well as France (Abtey Chocolates), and will continue adding other international favorites. The new facility will also house a delightfully whimsical showroom where customers can browse, sample and learn about all things candy as well as personally pick up their online orders.
About Candywarehouse.com, Inc.

Since 1998, Candywarehouse.com has been the leading candy store online, providing popular and hard-to-find as well as nostalgic and the latest-trend candy delivered fresh and fast to customers both domestically and internationally. The company sells to businesses and individuals and carries more than 5,000 varieties of candy and candy related products.

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