Hoffman's Chief Executive Fred Meltzer says he's noticed an uptick in business among companies planning gifts for the upcoming holiday season.
"Our corporate is up dramatically for pre-orders," he
"The last couple of years corporate has been a little softer, but this year all indications are it's stronger than last year."
Many of those orders are coming in now because they require custom manufacturing, for instance, edible paper on chocolate, or custom chocolate bars.
hired 20 employees to handle the extra work, about 12 more than last year.
seeing strong demand from the health care-related fields and the legal fields.
Many of the orders are for gifts in the $25 to $50 range, with a corporate customer spending an average of about $2,500 on gifts.
said overall sales are up 12 percent so far this year, but will probably rise to 22 percent by the end of the fourth quarter.
The sales growth has prompted Meltzer
to dust-off Hoffman's
retail expansion plans.
looking to a open store in the Congress Avenue corridor of Boynton Beach.
also looking for space in Delray Beach and Jupiter.
already has stores in Greenacres, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and an independent store in Stuart.
In addition, Meltzer
would also like to re-establish a presence in downtown West Palm Beach.
The store's longtime Dixie Highway location closed in 2005 and a plan to move to CityPlace fell apart, but Meltzer
said he' still interested in the center.