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Kringle Candle Co. to open shop at Springfield casino

  • Shoppers enter the Kringle Candle Co. in Bernardston Nov. 25, 2016. Recorder FILE PHOTO

  • Ariana Caputo and Emily Simoneau of Boston shop at the Kringle Candle Co. in Bernardston Nov. 25, 2016. Recorder FILE PHOTO



@BeraDunau
Thursday, September 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — If you ever wanted to buy a scented candle on your way to play blackjack, your dream is about to become a reality.

Bernardston’s Kringle Candle Co. plans to open up a retail space in the MGM Springfield casino complex.

The casino, which will be the first legal establishment of its kind in western Massachusetts, is set to open in 2018. MGM lists the project, which is set to take up 14 acres of Springfield, at $960 million.

The partnership with Kringle was announced by MGM in a presentation Thursday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Springfield. Also announced was a public art partnership with Springfield Museums and a child care center.

Kringle Candle is the first retail partner to announce a boutique location as part of what MGM describes as its “curated shopping collection.”

Kringle Candle was founded and is owned by the Kittredge family, who also founded Yankee Candle.

Kringle Candle at MGM Springfield will be housed in an old church, which used to stand where the casino’s floor is being built.

“We wanted to preserve it,” MGM Springfield spokesman Saverio Mancini said of the former First Spiritual Church.

Indeed, he said preserving the church was in keeping with the project’s dedication to historical preservation as a whole.

Kringle also expressed satisfaction with the space.

“This is a beautiful historic building to showcase Kringle products,” said Michael Kittredge III, president of Kringle Candle, in a quote provided by MGM.

Because negotiations are ongoing, Mancini said no other retail partnerships are being announced at this time.