According to the Courier Post, Bayard's Chocolates on Route 70 in Cherry Hill has closed permanently after spending over 50 years at that location.

Bayard's owner, the James Candy Company, also owns Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy.  Last November, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.  They cited "a couple of tough seasons at the shore" for their financial problems, but a representative for the company told the Courier Post that there were no plans to close any of their stores.

The James Candy Company website says that, "The legend of Bayard's Chocolates began back in 1939 when James Bayard Kelly II created his first batch from scratch."  When Bayard's son joined the family business, he came up with the idea of opening Chocolate Houses where shoppers could "handpick their favorites."

According to patch.com, Bayard's chocolate factory in Pennsauken turned out sweets for over 50 years before being closed in 2006.

Bayard's Chocolate House on Route 130 in Cinnaminson remains open.  And fans of Bayard's Chocolates can also order their favorites online at JamesCandy.com.

Bayard's Chocolate House in Cinnaminson, NJ. Credit: Google