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The iconic Portland chocolatier has been acquired by Chocolate Works, a New York-based company.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Master Chocolatier Julian Rose pours dark chocolate into a shell mold in the test kitchen of Moonstruck Chocolates in this 2013 file photo. One of Portland's favorite chocolatiers will close-up shops around the metro area.

Moonstruck Chocolate Co. announced Friday, July 1, it has been sold to New York-based Chocolate Works. The iconic Rose City brand will be shutting its doors at its Beaverton, St. Johns and downtown locations.

"Leading Moonstruck has been the highlight of my professional career," said CEO and Owner Russell Sneddon in a prepared release from the company. "I am so grateful to our amazing staff and loyal customers who have supported us all these years. We look forward to watching the brand's growth and transformation under Chocolate Works as the brand expands from a regional favorite to the national stage."

Chocolate Works has been described as one of the industry's largest direct-to-retailer manufacturers. It acquired Moonstruck for a "much-needed" foothold on the West Coast, its CEO Joe Whaley wrote in the release.

Portlanders with a sweet tooth have one week to savor the Moonstruck brand as the local stores close on Friday, July 8.

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