Ghirardelli’s First-Ever New York Store to Open at the Empire State Building

by Katie Lee

New York City — Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. will welcome Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in a 2,758-square-foot retail space at the base of the world-famous Empire State Building this summer.

“Ghirardelli Chocolate is excited to open our first shop in New York. We are proud of our 171-year history that started in San Francisco,” says a spokesperson for Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. “We can’t wait to welcome our guests in New York to create sweet memories with friends and family for many generations to come. Our shops are designed to showcase our history and heritage and highlight our craft in handmaking our hot fudge. It truly feels like the cherry on top to open in New York City’s iconic Empire State Building.”

Ghirardelli will join the Empire State Building’s stellar roster of food and beverage retailers which include Chipotle, Chopt, Juice Press, Tacombi, STATE Grill and Bar, Samurice and the new Starbucks Reserve.

“Ghirardelli perfectly complements our excellent mix of food and beverage options for tenants and Observatory visitors at the Empire State Building,” says Fred C. Posniak, senior vice president, leasing. “We are pleased to welcome Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to the most authentic, iconic location in Manhattan.”

Fritz Kemerling of Alvarez & Marsal Inc. represented Ghirardelli in the lease negotiations. Fred C. Posniak of ESRT and Matt Ogle, Corey Zolcinski, and Patrick Smith of JLL represented the property owner.

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. is a New York City-focused REIT that owns and operates a portfolio of modernized, amenitized and well-located office, retail and multifamily assets. For more information, visit

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To read our March 2022 cover story on Ghirardelli, click here.]

SOURCE: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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