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The Nutty Club will disappear next year

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The Nutty Club sign visible on the building of Pioneer Avenue in Winnipeg.


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The Nutty Club candy brand and its iconic Bonhomme Bonbon will disappear from Winnipeg's commercial landscape at the end of January 2024, along with its pink popcorn, pearl peanuts and dozens of other candies, syrups, nuts, condiments and food colorings.

The company founded in 1903 by Albert Scott and James Bathgate announced the end of its activities in a press release this week. In addition to the end of the Nutty Club, it is also the end of the activities of its sister company Scott-Bathgate.

The Nutty Club owns an iconic five-story building on Pioneer Avenue near Portage Avenue and Main Street. It is recognizable with a painting representing the company logo, Bonhomme Bonbon, tipping his hat towards passers-by.

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This is the old Nutty Club building at Pioneer Avenue and Westbrook Street. Abandoned, the old building was designated as municipal heritage by the City of Winnipeg.

The company was created at a time when the entire Canada, west of the Great Lakes, had a population of about 600,000. In 1905, it moved into its Pioneer Avenue warehouse, which included company offices, packaging space, and a showroom for product samples.

Later, it acquired an adjacent annex on Portage Avenue. The two buildings are connected by a skywalk.

Scott-Bathgate expanded in the 1930s and opened branches, warehouses and factories across Canada. It also expanded into Winnipeg, purchasing another warehouse at the corner of Mill Street and Lombard Avenue.

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By the 1940s, the company had sales offices in 23 different cities, according to Christian Cassidy, a local history buff. He says he is touched by the imminent end of the candy brand.

I'm a little sad. It’s an iconic Winnipeg brand that has been sold throughout Western Canada and soon that will be no more. Over the decades, dozens and dozens of Winnipeg products that were on store shelves have disappeared, and Nutty Club is one of them.

A quote from amateur Winnipeg historian Christian Cassidy Winnipeg

More recently, the company centralized most of its operations in the former Eaton's printing plant and warehouse on Galt Avenue in the Point Douglas neighborhood. Although it has ceased manufacturing operations, Scott-Bathgate still has branches in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Regina.

Every time we lose one, we lose a part of the history of when we were the gateway to Western Canada and products were made here, whether it was work, tractors or candy. This is one of these last vestiges. , he adds.

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The Nutty Club company was founded in 1903.

To explain the reasons for the closure, Nutty Club explains in its press release that the market has evolved to the point where the company can no longer operate sustainably without making significant investments to increase its size and scope, in order to compete with national distributors.

The company says it intends to sell off its inventory to fulfill as many orders as possible over the coming weeks. Employees have been notified and will receive severance packages based on their years of service.

The company did not say how many employees will be affected by this closure.

With information from Darren Bernhardt

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