Gollipops Looking For A New Location

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You can't get too much of a sweet thing and apparently, neither can those who buy the old-fashioned lollipops from Gollipops.

This 17-year-old, Payson-born company is growing out of its current location, and it's on the move to find a new home.

"We haven't made any decisions about where we will move to," General Manager Jason Keith, said. "We would like to stay in Payson, but we need to move quickly, so we're also looking in Tonto Basin, Florence and Buckeye."

For the past six years, Gollipops blossomed in its current location at 1010 N. Beeline Highway, quite a feat considering the store originated as a hunch in 1983. Don Keith, owner of Gollipops, invented a machine, with the help of a friend, that made the molds for hard candy. Not sure what to do with the new-found creations, Don and his wife Ardella decided to give their sweet tooths a try at selling. They bought out a failing lollipop business on Main Street, Payson Pops, using the equipment that was left behind to begin their company of manufacturing old-fashioned lollipops.

Gollipops moved to one other location on the Beeline before settling where it is now.

But the quaint, brick building can't withstand Gollipops' continued growth. The store is in the process of doubling in size, and Don and Ardella are looking for a new location to handle this expanded production and allow for further development, their son, Jason, said. "We have a lot of things in the works producing different lollipops for different companies," Keith, who has been working at Gollipops since day one, said. "In order to do this, we need more space. We need someplace that starts us at 15,000-20,000 square feet but allows us to expand between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet, and we need to do this as soon as possible."

Wherever the company ends up, all 21 of their employees will be given the option to relocate with them. Gollipops will then hire an additional 25-30 employees to handle the added production.

Keith said that his parents would like to keep these employment opportunities close to home here in Payson, "but it all depends; the move needs to be complete, up and running within the next three to six months, and we need to go where this is possible."

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