Dolle’s will move a short distance to the west to the Ibach’s Candy by the Sea location on the boardwalk.
Owner Tom Ibach told the Cape Gazette the proposed renewed lease for the business did not make sense since it would have doubled the rent for the store location. The lease expires at the end of the year.
Ibach said the sign will be taken down, even though it could remain at the old location for a time.
Dolle’s opened in 1926 after finding success in Ocean City, MD.
Dolle’s moved to its present location at the corner of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk in1927by Thomas Pachides and Rudolph Dolle, the business’s website stated.
A nor’easter in the early 1960s destroyed the store, but according to the company history, the ton and a half taffy machine was found in the sand, removed by a crane, and repaired.
The Dolle family still operates locations in Ocean City, with Pachides family descendants retaining the Rehoboth store.
The sign is a Delaware landmark in the beach town, which recently gained national attention with the election of former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden and his wife Jill own a home near Rehoboth.