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Humphreys Remains Hopeful Sale Will Be Completed, But Significant Issues Remain

Sale of The Candy House Put on Hold

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The sale of The Candy House by Terry and Pat Hicklin to David and Debra Humphreys, which was originally supposed to close in early March, was put on hold today because of a last minute, unexpected dispute over ownership of certain key assets being sold.

One of the Hicklins’ children, who owns Candy House Springfield with her husband, unexpectedly contended she controls assets that the Hicklins planned to sell to the Humphreys.

“We are very surprised and extremely disappointed by these developments to say the least,” said David Humphreys. “We had fully expected to own The Candy House by this time and had looked forward to helping it chart a future for growth and success. Despite our efforts to get this done, including paying suppliers and the salaries of the Joplin Candy House employees during the delay, we can’t finalize our purchase as we are not getting ownership of what we thought was being sold.”

Humphreys remained hopeful that eventually the sale of Joplin’s Candy House will be completed but acknowledged that “…it is difficult to get a deal done when others are not even willing to sit down in the same room to discuss how to go forward. Our hearts go out to the Candy House employees and customers as we all had hoped to save The Candy House for our community.”

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