When an awning sign was removed at 86-1/2 Nassau Street between Fulton and John Streets, a neon sign for Loft’s Candies was revealed.

The first Loft’s candy store was opened by British immigrant William Loft in 1860, with his son George Loft gradually opening more branches in NYC in the 1890s. Production was centered in Long Island City, expanding to ten office buildings and factories at Vernon Boulevard and 40th Avenue. Loft’s acquired ¬†Pepsi in 1931 — you read that right, they acquired Pepsi, forming PepsiCo.



Most businesses have a shelf life, as it were, and Loft’s was fading by the 1980s, with only 40 locations, and all had closed by the mid-1990s, including the one I remember, at the busy corner of 5th Avenue and 86th Street in Bay Ridge.

Photos: Vincent Losinno



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6 Responses to LOFT’S CANDIES, Downtown

  1. Marilyn says:

    I just saw this today and took the same photo! So nostalgic. I posted it on FB. Thx for the history, too. Love it.

  2. Ronnie says:

    There butter crunch was the the best! Covered with chocolate and nuts….no one did it better.

  3. Sheila says:

    My grandfather worked at Loft’s. They had a mocha cream cake I loved. Have not found any to match it’s taste.

  4. Vicki says:

    My Mom loved Lofts candy….her favorite was Butter crunch . It was the best……I think the store was either in Jamaica Long Island or Lynbrook

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