Nuts About Granola is opening its own store in the city.
The York-based granola maker will have a grand opening on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at its new 46 W. Philadelphia St. address and continue the celebration the next day on Small Business Saturday, founder and CEO Sarah Lanphier said.
Sandwiched between Cherie Anne Designs and Yorktowne Business Institute, the space is currently vacant. It previously housed Shear Styles Salon.
Lanphier said she chose the city address for a few reasons.
"We started here and always want to keep a presence here," Lanphier said.
She started the company with her mother, Gayle Lanphier, in 2008, and it has grown steadily.
Using YorKitchen -- the city's shared commercial kitchen at 37 W. Clarke Ave. -- Nuts About Granola has expanded from making 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of granola a month to 1,000 pounds a day, Sarah Lanphier said.
The company's myriad flavors of granola have led to contracts, grocery store deals, an appearance on the Rachael Ray show and more.
One of Nuts About Granola's recent contracts to export its product to Colombia has facilitated the need for it to expand into Lancaster County, where the company has partnered with the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired.
The granola maker will use the association's food manufacturing facility in the John C. Clemens Building at 171 Butter Road in Lancaster County to help fulfill its international order while providing jobs for 15 to 20 blind and vision-impaired workers. As the company expands, it needs more space, Lanphier said.
Nuts About Granola has a stand in Central Market, rents a separate store facility and still makes some of its product at YorKitchen.
"Having the storefront puts us in a central location to everything," she said.
The company will maintain its stand in Central Market through the end of the year, and next year it will be there on a seasonal basis, the CEO said.
Nuts About Granola will continue to use YorKitchen, but it will use a space in its new store as storage, Lanphier said.
Like the Central Market stand it has maintained, the new store will sell similar items, such as its granola, fruit and yogurt parfaits and other local products, she said.
Following its inaugural weekend, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of the year.
"After (Jan. 1), we will have more hours," she said.