Both daughters brought energy and innovative thinking to the project, their father said. Without them, it wouldn't have been possible to expand. Leif Anderson and his brother, Lars, took over the business in the late 1980s from their father, Raynold. Their grandfather, Arthur, started the business in 1919 in Chicago before moving it to Richmond in 1926.The brothers sought new markets. They opened a store in Crystal Lake in the late 1990s, but after both went through divorces, they sold off the branch store to focus on family and their store in Richmond. In 2004, with Fannie May in bankruptcy, the family again considered opening a new store, this time in downtown Chicago. But the deal eventually fell apart after months of work, Leif Anderson said.
"We felt expansion needed to happen for the business to continue for future generations," said Katie Anderson-Tedder, a former Northwest Herald reporter who put her newspaper career on hold last year to work full-time for her father. "The Richmond store doesn't draw enough traffic to sustain the business." Anderson's Richmond store will be the flagship location and remain the company's candy-making headquarters. The family has been making candy for several months to make sure there will be enough to supply both stores, Anderson-Tedder said. The Barrington store offers all of the boxed candy assortments and candy bars available in Richmond, but custom-packed boxes and special orders need to be placed in advance.