Govatos Chocolates, now embarking on 110 years in
business, is a 3rd generation grassroots company.
Renamed in 1898, Govatos Chocolates & Luncheonette moved
two more times. First to the 400 block of North Market Street where John
introduced Wilmington to the latest rage, the ice cream soda! Sometime
between 1910 – 1918 the growing business moved to its present location
800 Market Street.
Richard Govatos, Nicholas’ son and present owner, has been
involved in the business since his teens, working the soda fountain,
then managing and eventually ownership. Richard & Evelyn (wife) are
credited with the remodeling of the store in 1985. The outcome resulted
in a beautiful interior coupled with better retail efficiency for the
candy counter and restaurant. Richard also opened a suburban location in
the 1980’s, where its present location is 4105 Concord Pike in the
Talleyville Shopping Center.
Third generation brothers, Nicholas & Richard Jr. have
been in the business 30 & 25 years respectively. Nicholas manages
the retail candy aspects and Richard Jr. heads up the chocolate factory
production. Both have the same conviction to the business as their
“forefathers”; to produce a consistent high quality assortment of
homemade chocolates at a reasonable price. This along with diligent hard
work has sustained and will catapult this family business into the