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MOUNT KISCO – Mast Brothers, the chocolatier known for its Brooklyn flagship, plans to open a store in the heart of the village.
The chocolate manufacturing company, founded and owned by brothers Rick and Michael Mast, is in the process of seeking approval from the village to open in a space of over 8,000 square feet at 92 S. Moger Ave., home long-standing Heller’s Shoes, which is closing.
It was not clear if there was a target date for the store to open. He is currently before the Town Planning Council of the village.
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“We’re really excited about this,” Rick Mast, Managing Director, recently told the Board of Directors. “We were looking for a place to really feel at home and where we could really settle down. We have reviewed dozens of properties throughout the Hudson Valley area and kept coming back to our dream of building where we live.
For Mount Kisco, the expected arrival of another food business is in line with what it and other municipalities are looking to tackle downtown vacations, especially as the retail sector of clothing has been affected by online shopping.
The Chocolate Factory appears to be the latest culinary addition to downtown. The Exit 4 Food Hall, which is in line with the popular Brooklyn food hall movement, has opened in recent years. Siegel Brothers Marketplace has also opened, also in a location off South Moger Avenue.
Mayor Gina Picinich said Heller’s Shoes had “a good streak” for many years, but she also expressed enthusiasm for Mast Brothers, who “sees an opportunity” at Mount Kisco and would quickly fill the space.
The plans call for changes to the facade and interior design of the South Moger Avenue building to allow space for the retail store and the space where the chocolate is made.
Mast Chocolate was founded almost 10 years ago and, according to its website, its products include several types of chocolate bars, from dark chocolate to almond butter chocolate to sea salt chocolate.