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BUSINESS: Dandalia reopens, much more on the way in Sanford


Business is good in Sanford, North Carolina, it appears. Today marks the re-opening of the popular cupcake and coffee destination, Dandalia Bakery, now under new ownership.

New owner Susan Torlone announced the shop’s return on Feb. 16, just over a month after its closing in January after former owner Mykal Harp announced she was moving out of state to deal with “family issues.”

Dandalia is Sanford’s only cupcake-focused bakery (it sells other baked goods and lunch items as well) at a time when the cupcake market has become over-saturated thanks to national chains like Gigi’s and Crumbs Bake Shop. The Sacramento Bee reported this week the “cupcake trend” actually peaked in 2011.

Dandalia is located at 1907 Bragg Street in Sanford. Go online to see their entire menu or like them on Facebook.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby

Look to the south of Tractor Supply and Dunham’s Sporting Goods in Sanford, and you’ll see bulldozers clearing out the land along South Horner Boulevard where the 2011 tornado left a path of destruction before ultimately plowing through the Lowe’s Home Improvement store across the street.

That land will be home to several chain stores, and there’s a very good chance two of those will be Bed, Bath & Beyond and Hobby Lobby (this is more than just “rumor,” but is not confirmed). Bed, Bath & Beyond is coming off a disappointing fiscal year, but continues to add to its collection of more than 1,000 stores nationwide. And Hobby Lobby is known more for its fights with the government and Obamacare now than it is its product, but the company announced this month it was planning to open 70 new locations in the U.S. this year. So there’s a good chance Sanford will make the cut.

Rumor has it …

We reported last month that Dunkin Donuts is eyeing Sanford (particularly the Tramway area) for a new store in the next year or so. Add Dairy Queen to the growing list of Tramway establishments. The Kangaroo gas station has posted a sign announcing the restaurant’s arrival in the next few months (within the store), and the new DQ will come complete with a drive-through and entrances both in the store and outside of it.

Sanford NC Restaurant Reviews on Facebook reports the construction permits for the new Sonic Drive-In in Sanford are “ready” … which means a new Sonic, we guess. No word on what will happen to the old one on Horner closer to downtown.

And in the “totally unsubstantiated rumor mill” category, Buffalo Wild Wings and Kohl’s have been floated out there as possible Sanford additions. And no, nobody’s mentioning Target or Starbucks yet.

About billyliggett

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7 comments on “BUSINESS: Dandalia reopens, much more on the way in Sanford

  1. pressingflowers
    February 26, 2014

    Great update Thanks ! Actually it is rumored there maybe a Starbuck at the new Hobby Lobby via Social Sanford . I would have preferred a IHOP and Joanne’s craft store myself . It is also rumored many of the crafters & artist will not go to HL but will still go out of town for supplies.

  2. Vickie Johnson
    April 22, 2014

    I doubt that crafters will go out of town when HL offers such a complete and diverse inventory of crafts. And I doubt that HL will find that anyone cares about its political stances. I personally can’t wait for it to open its doors. It’s location in Sanford is perfect. Halfway between Bragg and Cary/Apex assures them many customers who were tired of driving 30 miles to a craft store.

  3. LaRue Wilson
    July 16, 2014

    I will support hobby lobby 100%! Regardless of their political views they are one of the most low priced craft stores! They have great deals every week! I am praying that the people of Lee County would embrace a Christian based company! If we had more stores like hobby lobby then our world would be a better place! Don’t condemn them for standing up for their beliefs because I promise you that you will wish you hadn’t when your day comes and you report the the gates of heaven! Have you ever thought that 50 years ago when the Christian teaching was in schools that there was a lot less crime and hatred! I don’t think that is a coincidence! Hobby Lobby you will do great in Sanford just like our chick fil a that practices your same beliefs! We welcome you!

  4. Arla Kennedy
    October 14, 2014

    So Happy to have Hobby Lobby in Sanford!! I have been driving to Southern Pines to purchase from that one and I absolutely the products that it carries! Them being a CHRISTian based store just adds more appeal for me. I wondered why they played christian music when i was in the store. Now I know! Hey…Chik Fil A is doing a booming business and they are CHRISTian based as well…so more power to GOD’s people for standing up and making a difference!!!

  5. Jeff
    February 9, 2015
  6. Vee
    November 6, 2015

    Yep, I still go out of town for my craft supplies. HL is a no-go for me. Not stepping foot in there.

  7. Vadrin Colvin-King
    November 6, 2015

    Yep, HL is here now, but I still go out of town for my craft supplies. Not going to willingly support anti-women’s rights establishments if I can help it.

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