Grotto Pizza is purchasing the Dolle’s space at 1 Rehoboth Ave. and the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.
Grotto already owns the boardwalk property north of Dolle’s that stretches to Baltimore Avenue. Their location at Baltimore Avenue and the boardwalk will move to the Dolle’s space, the company announced in a press release Feb. 1.
“Looking through the lens of Grotto Pizza commercial development and expansion, we felt this once-in-a-lifetime real estate opportunity was extremely important to the organization,” said Grotto Pizza Vice President Jeff Gosnear.
“The Dolle’s building is truly one of the most desirable properties in Delmarva and our team is looking forward to reconfiguring and outfitting the space to include a brand-new Grotto Pizza.”
The press release indicated that the Dolle’s storefront will be available for lease “in the short term.”
The 1 Rehoboth Ave. real estate has been in the news since Dec. 2020, when it was announced that Dolle’s Candyland would leave the space after occupying it for close to a century.
Dolle’s caramel corn, salt water taffy and fudge will continue to be sold a few doors down at Ibach’s Candy by the Sea, according to Tom Ibach, who owns both .
The 1 Rehoboth Ave. property, however, is owned by Dolle’s Realty. According to county tax maps, Dolle’s Realty shares an address with Ibach’s cousin, Signe Murray, who has not returned requests for comment.
The iconic Dolle’s sign is permitted to remain in place for the rest of the year, Ibach said. He continues to look into the feasibility of moving it atop Ibach’s Candy by the Sea.
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