Grandpa Joe’s candy shop hosts grand opening today
Downtown store known for candy buffet, unique items, nostalgia and walls of assorted soda flavors.
Heidi Heminger stocks the candy in Grandpa Joe’s World Famous Candy Buffet on Monday as store employees prepared for today’s grand opening in Springfield.

Grandpa Joe’s — a shop that specializes in candy, soda and unique gifts — opens its Springfield location today.

The 6,000-square-foot candy store at 101 W. High St. hosts its grand opening at 4:05 p.m., the business announced. The shop remains open until 10.

Hours for the first weekend will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Grandpa Joe’s is known for its candy buffet and walls of interesting soda flavors, and owner Chris Beers said the Springfield shop will feature additions that no other shop of the business has seen.

Beers said he’s excited to be expanding to Springfield.

“Our customer base in smaller downtowns has really embraced Grandpa Joe’s,” he said.

Grandpa Joe’s operates in Troy, Middletown, Chillicothe, Miamisburg and Cuyahoga Falls, and it also has stores in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Customers have told Beers they love the nostalgia and fun surrounding his stores, and they’ll drive for miles to stop into a Grandpa Joe’s shop to pick up a unique item. A couple he talked to in one of his locations told him they traveled from a different state to acquire ketchup-flavored soda, for example, Beers said.

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