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Business Tue Mar 11 2008

Future Uncertain for Maurice Lenell

Chicago cookie producer Maurice Lenell might be in for doom. The building that houses the northside bakery and store was sold today to a developer who wants to build a Costco store on the site. The new owners won't take possession until May 2009, so there's no point in getting misty-eyed and buying 40,000 bags of Jelly Stars to last you into retirement, but there's cause for more worry: the Lenell business has filed for bankruptcy and is seeking to be sold or reorganized. Any takers?

 

Kay / July 17, 2008 4:50 PM

I was just planning our yearly trip to the area and was looking forward to buying a bunch of cookies. I am so sorry to hear this news. I grew up near the plant. Almost once a week we would take the Harlem bus south to get 2 - 2 lbs boxes of chotlate chip cookies. The only cookies my dad would eat. Didn't realize till I was older that the cookies were sold in retail stores, but only in small boxes. I have lived near "Cheeseland" for 20 years now and every year I pack the grand kids in the mini-van and trek south to visit the motherland and a side trip to the cookie outlet to stock up on 2 lb boxes of everything. Usually 4 or 5 boxes of each. If I had the money I would buy the company recepies equipment etc and move it to the Northwestern sub. Not sad about the Movie Theater going. After all they took over the old Hub roller skating rink. I miss that too. Tit-for-tat. The whole area has changed. The Plaza has turned into a resale bazaar, the Hub is gone, now Maurice Lenell. There's no reason to go south anymore. So sad!!! No traditions left for the kids..

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