Webb's Candy Shop has used the same recipe since 1932 for its famous Citrus Candies. The family expanded into real estate brokerage and development in the 1990s.
Webb's Candy Shop has used the same recipe since 1932 for its famous Citrus Candies. The family expanded into real estate brokerage and development in the 1990s. (Webb's Candy Shop)

Webb's Realty is seeking to rezone a portion of its nearly 40-acre block on U.S. 27 in Haines City to position it for future development.

The Webb family has owned the historic Webb's Candy Shop since the 1940s. R.J. Webb said his grandfather moved the business from downtown Davenport to its current location at the corner of U.S. 27 and South Boulevard in the 1970s.

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The candy factory is known for its citrus jelly candies, hand-dipped chocolates and goat's milk fudge.

"The goat's milk makes it richer, smoother and creamier," Webb told GrowthSpotter on Friday.

John Webb, R.J.'s father, started the real estate business next door to the candy store in 1995. "Over the years, we've been developing the area around it," Webb said.

Webb's Realty is seeking to rezone the 2.3 acres outlined in yellow to match the zoning of the surrounding properties. The Webb family controls the entire 40-acre block, with the exception of a 1-acre parcel that was sold and now houses an Advance Auto Parts store.
Webb's Realty is seeking to rezone the 2.3 acres outlined in yellow to match the zoning of the surrounding properties. The Webb family controls the entire 40-acre block, with the exception of a 1-acre parcel that was sold and now houses an Advance Auto Parts store. (staff)

A year ago, the Webbs purchased the 2.3 acres on South Boulevard behind the candy store, which is the subject of a rezoning application in Haines City. The firm is seeking a land use change and zoning to Community Activity Center, which allows intense commercial development, to match zoning on the rest of the block.

"We're just really trying to make it consistent with what's there," Webb said. "We don't have any specific plans for it yet, but we envision that being office space."

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The company also has two lots on U.S. 27 (next to the real estate office) that are available for ground leases. "We'd like to get some restaurants out there, if we can find the right tenants," Webb said.

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