A longtime Haymarket candy store is getting a new owner.
Licorice International owners Ardith Stuertz and Elizabeth Erlandson announced this week that they have sold their iconic store to longtime employee Erin Burianek.
Terms of the sale, which is final at the end of the month, were not disclosed.
Erlandson founded Licorice International as a home-based business in 2002, operating a website that was the first in the U.S. to cater exclusively to licorice lovers.
Within months, she brought on her friend Stuertz as a partner, and by 2003, the two women were operating a mail-order business and shop at 4728 Prescott Ave.
They moved to 803 Q St. in August 2005.
In addition to developing a reputation as a place for tourists and licorice aficionados to visit, Licorice International also has earned an international reputation and has shipped its products to more than 25 countries.
It also has gained national recognition from publications such as TripAdvisor and Food Network Magazine.
In addition to offering the largest selection of licorice of any store in the country, the shop also sells fine chocolates, jelly beans and other candy.