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New Owners, Same Nuts: This Beloved Downtown Shop Is Moving

If you’ve ever wandered through downtown Columbus, chances are you’ve stumbled upon a small slice of nutty heaven known as The Peanut Shoppe. This iconic store, with its unmistakable Mr. Peanut sign, has been a staple in the city since 1936. But big changes are afoot for this beloved nut emporium.

A Bittersweet Goodbye

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After more than two decades of keeping Columbus happily munching on roasted nuts and candies, Pat and Mike Stone have decided to pass the baton. The dynamic duo has been the heart and soul of The Peanut Shoppe since 1996, but with their lease ending in August, they faced a tough choice: move, close, or sell. Thankfully for all of us, they chose to sell, ensuring that this downtown treasure remains a part of our city’s fabric.

The new owners, whose names are yet to be revealed, are set to take over and carry on the nutty legacy. They’ll be moving the shop just a block down the street to 4 E Broad St., at the corner of Broad and High streets. So, don’t fret – your favorite spot for chocolate-covered treats and fresh-roasted peanuts isn’t going far!

The Move

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You can still catch Pat and Mike at the current East State Street location until July 27. If you’ve got any Peanut Shoppe gift certificates lying around, now’s the time to redeem them! The plan is to have the new location up and running by mid-September, and Pat has kindly agreed to stay on part-time for the next year or so, ensuring a smooth transition.

The new spot will still boast the iconic Mr. Peanut sign, so you’ll know you’re in the right place. And yes, the intoxicating aroma of roasting peanuts will continue to lure you in from the street.

A Nutty History

The Peanut Shoppe’s history is as rich as its roasted almonds. It all started back in 1936 when Planters Peanuts opened this little gem in the heart of downtown Columbus. At the time, there were over 300 Peanut Shoppes across the U.S., but as the years rolled on, these stores were sold to independent owners. Fast forward to the 1960s, and the independent Peanut Shoppes had become rarer than a cashew in a can of mixed nuts.

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The Peanut Shoppe in 1981, located at 46 North High Street. Photo by David E. Lucas

Despite the changes around it, The Peanut Shoppe has remained a constant in Columbus. For 87 years, Mr. Peanut has been tipping his top hat and welcoming customers with a smile and a cane, becoming as much a part of the cityscape as the Statehouse itself.

Pat and Mike have played a huge role in this continuity. Mike started working at The Peanut Shoppe in 1972, and together with Pat, they’ve been roasting and wrapping thousands of pounds of nuts, cashews, and candies for almost three decades. Whether you buy your goodies by the quarter pound or in beautifully boxed tins, each purchase comes with a dose of nostalgia and a lot of love.

The Future is Bright (and Nutty)

So, what can we expect from the new owners? While specific plans haven’t been disclosed, they’re committed to maintaining the charm and quality that has made The Peanut Shoppe a Columbus institution. The new location promises the same delightful assortment of sweets and snacks, freshly roasted and ready to brighten your day.

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A view looking south of the Planters Peanuts sign above the Peanut Shoppe, located at 46 North High Street in 1981. Photo by David E. Lucas

In the meantime, swing by the current shop, say hi to Pat and Mike, and stock up on your favorite treats. After all, how many places can you step into and instantly feel like a kid in a candy store (literally)?

As we bid farewell to the old location and prepare to welcome the new, one thing’s for sure: The Peanut Shoppe will continue to be a beloved part of Columbus, serving up smiles and snacks for many years to come. So here’s to the next chapter in The Peanut Shoppe’s storied history – long live Mr. Peanut and his tasty treasures!