Dewar's Candy Shop close to deal with Outlets at Tejon

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A photo from the Dewar's Ice Cream & Fine Candies Facebook page shows the Bakersfield-based company's famous chews.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Outlets at Tejon, slated to open in August, will feature mostly national retailers, but the developer says consumers can expect to see some local restaurants there, too.

Dewar's Candy Shop announced Tuesday that it is close to finalizing a deal for an 814-square-foot location the outlets.

Heather Dewar-Cook is one of the owners of the longtime Bakersfield ice cream and candy shop. She said the shopping center is not only looking to bring in big companies, but local businesses that can highlight what Kern County has to offer.

"We’re venturing a little bit outside of Bakersfield, but we're taking all of the 'Bakersfield' that means so much to us with us," she said.

The Outlets at Tejon spokesman Barry Zoeller said plans are still being finalized within the center, but the public can expect to see other Bakersfield-based businesses opening there this summer or fall.

“That's most important. The type of economic impact it has on the people of Kern County and their families,” said Zoeller.

Zoeller said there will be anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 jobs coming to Kern County because of the shopping center, scheduled for an Aug. 7 grand opening.

Dewar's is currently hiring servers for all their locations, including the one they are planning to open at the outlets.

Open interviews for Dewar’s will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its 2700 Calloway Drive restaurant. Candidates are expected to bring an updated resume and filled-out application.