Ben and Jerry’s in Kirkland was purchased in October. Reporter file photo

Kirkland Ben & Jerry’s changes ownership

Jonathan Stebbins and Mark Mullet took over the Kirkland Ben &Jerry’s location in October, and they plan to keep the scoop shop thriving at 176 Lake Street S, continuing on the success of the previous owners.

“I love the area, and it has a built-in client base,” Stebbins said.

Sarah Obukowicz, who previously worked at the shop, has been hired as the general manager.

“She knows the shop inside and out, which is really helpful,” Stebbins said.

He said they’ve retained most of the staff under the previous owners, who owned the store from 2001 to 2016, when they moved back to the East Coast.

Stebbins and Mullet also own the Bellevue Square Ben &Jerry’s location, and Mullet owns the Issaquah Highlands scoop shop on his own. Stebbins said they were approached by Ben &Jerry’s to purchase the Kirkland location after the previous owners left.

“(They wanted to) keep it in the Ben &Jerry’s family,” he said. “It seemed like a good opportunity, and we’re really excited about it.”

Stebbins said the only changes they’re making are some updates to the outside, including a new sign to make the shop more visible.

“As far as the product itself, nothing will change there — same ice cream, shakes and cakes,” he said.

More information, including the flavors available at the Kirkland Ben &Jerry’s, can be found at benjerry.com/kirkland.

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