Hartville, Canal Fulton among new locations for Almost Heaven . ice cream

Almost Heaven ice cream doubles its size.

A third location opened at the end of February in Hartville. The family-owned company hopes to open a fourth location later this year in Canal Fulton following the acquisition of Oser’s Dairy & Deli.

The locations are an addition to the original Almost Heaven locations at 6590 Middlebranch Ave. NE on Plain Township and second location at 2154 Beechwood Ave. in Alliance.

The chain of ice cream parlors began in 2007 when Todd Truax opened its first location next to Sonshine Medical, a medical equipment company owned by the Truax family.

The ice cream business began expanding five years ago when the Truax family purchased property in Alliance to build a second location. They also built a new store in Hartville at 624 S. Prospect St.

General Manager Kate Boom at the new location of Almost Heaven Ice Cream in Hartville.

Jared Truex, Todd’s son, said the family decided to build in Hartville because it is a destination city that attracts people from outside the area to shop.

“It’s a good local community,” he said.

Jared Truex said plans were to open the Hartville site in early January, but supply chain problems delayed construction. He said the company had to wait for construction supplies and equipment.

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