Coney Island candy shop struggles due to pandemic, weather
An iconic Coney island candy shop is staying open, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The owner says it's not just the pandemic that is hurting business.
Williams Candy has been around since 1941. Peter Agrapedes and his family bought the shop in the 1980s.
The shop is open year-round, but the biggest season is in the spring and summer.
Agrapedes says they are lucky they have been able to stay open, since they serve food. He says it has been rough - not just because of the pandemic, but also because of the weather.
He says half of their business is a retail store. The other half is parties, which are not happening due to social distancing orders.
Williams Candy is one of the two businesses Agrapedes owns on Surf Avenue. The other is Pete's Clam Stop.
That store is only open on the weekends for now, and even then, he says it's a challenge.