Owners of the Clay Township Concrete Company purchased the 2.6-acre property, which housed Weaver Nut Co., 1925 W. Main St., for $ 2.5 million.
Preliminary plans include rebuilding a 60,000-square-foot warehouse that was destroyed by fire in August 2021said Nathan Zimmerman, one of four brothers who are partners in a concrete company and real estate holding company, Zimmco Enterprises LLC, which acquired the property earlier this month, court records show.
“There are definitely a lot of ideas. Retail The store building will remain – we want to restore the warehouse, “said Zimmerman, adding that the partners had held preliminary talks with representatives of Clay Township.
Weaving a nut closed the retail store and its e-commerce portal in February. Weaver, a family-owned producer and distributor of candy, chocolate, nuts and bulk products, has worked in the county since the 1970s. The company said it would focus on wholesale business and manufacturing. He moved and expanded his wholesale and manufacturing operations to a site near Sinking Spring, Berks County. He also manages a distribution center in the town of North Lebanon in Lebanon County.
Zimmerman’s business, Moore Zimmerman, is owned by Weaver. His address: 70 Durlach Road, Clay Township. He said the concrete company has grown since its founding in 1999 as a masonry contractor, expanding into poured concrete. The expansion was caused by the boom in housing in the county, Zimmerman said.
“We’re bursting at the seams,” he said.
In January, Zimmco Enterprises paid $ 1.5 million for a 1.31-acre site near Weaver Nut, at 1929 W. Main St., where Red Run Exhaust is located.
He said that while some of the newly acquired properties will be designed to expand a specific company, some will be leased.
Zimmerman thanked the Weaver family for the opportunity to purchase the property.
Weavers announced in January that they were planning close the retail operation. The fire, which involved more than 70 firefighters, played a role in the closure, but was not the deciding factor.
The devastating fire forced Weaver to turn to Lebanon County. Its retail store was saved during the fire, but required a complete refurbishment, which was completed in November 2021. It reopened on November 13, 2021, but was restricted due to a lack of lighting and displays in the store.
Ultimately, however, the choice to stop direct sales to customers was based on the company’s growing sectors, declining productivity and market forces. It is planned to continue the production and sale of chocolate in bulk.