New Owner Plans to Reopen 30 Fannie May Stores, Including Rockford

Fannie May's new owner Monday announced plans to open 30 retail stores in Illinois and Indiana.

The list includes two locations in Chicago, four in Indiana and numerous sites in Chicago's suburbs. Stores in Rockford, Peoria and Champaign are also on the list. The locations are expected to open this fall.

Alpine Confections says some of the stores are former Fannie May locations, while others are new sites. The company plans to open about 40 Fannie May stores, mostly in the Chicago area, by the end of 2004.