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Annual Easter candy sale attracts thousands to Struthers

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STRUTHERS, Ohio - It's a "sweet" deal that attracts thousands to Struthers each year.

A line of chocolate lovers stretches outside Giannios Candy Company each Easter Sunday.  It's a  half-off sale that attracts them, some lining up as early as four o'clock in the morning.

"This is like a  family tradition we do every year," said Andrew Paytos of North Lima. "We always go to Giannios after we go to church."

"We always come up in the morning, have coffee, get our Easter stuff, go home and cook dinner," said Mary Bundy of Struthers.

In all, the company predicts more than two thousand customers will walk through their doors. Cashing out more than four thousand pounds of chocolate.

"You can see instead of bags were using boxes," described Co-Owner John Giannios.

"Other years I've spent probably spent 60 or 70-dollars," said Joe Suchora of Poland. "Today its probably going to about be 15 or 20 we're cutting back."

"Big boxes that's all I'm predicting is big boxes," described Paytos, when asked how much he plans to purchase.

The Giannios family describes the traditional sale as "accidental." Giannios said it began about 30 years ago when they opened briefly one Easter Sunday for a family-friend. He said the store became surprisingly busy that day, that's when they decided an Easter sale would make a great tradition.

"It enables us to keep our business up to the very end," said Giannios. "Where as most companies will stop manufacturing two or three  weeks before Easter and just hope they sell through everything we just keep manufacturing. We keep our stock up so we have a variety of everything to the last minute."

Passing on any extras to the customers, and making for one sweet deal.

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