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Ankeny will be losing a place where sweet-toothed candy lovers congregated for confections. 

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, located at 1550 N. Ankeny Blvd., has announced it will be closing its doors in December.

Owners Bob and Cindy Peters have set a date of Dec. 20 as Rocket Fizz's final day. However, it is likely that the store could close sooner, once their current inventory is depleted. 

“This really breaks our heart,” said Bob Peters. “Cindy and I moved to Ankeny from California 11 years ago and have a strong connection to the community."

The Peters are also the owners of Quilter’s Cupboard at 706 SW Third Street in Ankeny.

“Ankeny is such a great family-oriented community, and after 35 years of managing big box retail stores, I was ready for something different," Bob Peters said. "I really wanted to open a business that was unique and geared towards families.”

After seeing Rocket Fizz featured on "Undercover Boss" on CBS, Bob Peters knew this would be a perfect fit for Ankeny. “It reminded me so much of the shops that I would frequent as a kid growing up in Cedar Falls, and I wanted the current generation to that kind of experience as well.” 

The Peters opened the Ankeny location in January 2016 and it quickly became a popular hot spot, featuring over 500 different sodas, as well as candy from all around the world.

Along with the sweet selection of candies, the store also featured gag gifts, toys, tin signs and concert posters, and dozens of other unique and vintage items. The changing business environment and other factors have led to the decision to close.

The store is currently selling its remaining inventory at 25% to 80% off and is encouraging anyone still holding a Rocket Fizz gift certificate to bring it in prior to the store's closure.

In addition to the remaining inventory, Rocket Fizz will also be selling off its unique props and other vintage displays.

“Cindy and I would like to thank the entire community of Ankeny and beyond for all of their support and kind words over the last four years," Bob Peters said. "We are so glad to have had the opportunity to serve you and to hopefully help create memories for you and your family. Thank you so much, and we encourage you all to support our local businesses.”

Founded in 2007 by Rob Powells and Ryan Morgan, the sweets purveyor opened its first flagship outpost in Camarillo, California. Now, the operation has multiple franchised Rocket Fizz locations throughout the country. The Ankeny location was the only Iowa location.

Rocket Fizz

Location: 1550 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact: (515) 261-3499; rocketfizz.com; Facebook

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