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Clock ticks on auction of items from former Wilbur Chocolate plant

If you want a piece of the former Wilbur Chocolate plant, now is the time to act.

An auction of items from the former plant in downtown Lititz opened Aug. 3, and it is set to close this week.

The online auction includes used items such as tools, holding tanks and fireproof cabinets.

Bidding on the first half of the items is set to close 10 a.m. Wednesday and the remaining items will be open for bid until Thursday morning.

Ohio-based NRI Industrial Sales is handling the online auction.

Items for sale can be viewed at the 48 N. Broad St. plant by appointment only, The property is owned by Minneapolis-based Cargil.

Closed earlier this year

Chocolate has been manufactured there for 113 years. Cargill closed the factory in January, eliminating more than 100 jobs.

The Wilbur Chocolate Factory store, which is still located in the former chocolate plant, will be moving across the street in October.

Although the plant in downtown Lititz is closed, Cargill still operates chocolate plants in Lititz and Mount Joy. It also has a retail warehouse in Elizabethtown.

The downtown Lititz building is currently for sale. CBRE Inc. is the real estate company assisting Cargill.

CBRE and Cargill declined to comment on the progress of the sale, although originally the deadline on the sale was mid-April.

A marketing flier produced by CBRE said the property includes a 179,798-square-foot manufacturing building on 3.3 acres plus two additional sites at 47 N. Broad St. and 7.7 acres of land to the rear of the factory.

The flyer said potential redevelopment opportunities include multifamily living, condominiums, retail, office, senior living and hospitality.

Lenay Ruhl

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