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Lines Stretch Around The Block At New Garrett Popcorn Shop

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CHICAGO (CBS) — You’ve seen the lines around the block and you’ve smelled the caramel, and now, WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody has the story of the new Garrett Popcorn shop.

The new Garrett Popcorn at 27 W. Jackson Blvd. isn’t hard to find. Just follow your nose to the scent the caramel.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

“It’s a beacon that calls everyone around to come in,” said store manager Mike Callahan.

Callahan shows off the air popper which pops almost all the kernels – two types, mushroom shape and butterfly shape – and burns none.

“You know, we have it set up so it pops about 60 pounds of seeds per hour. If I let it do that all day long, this whole room would be filled with popcorn, so we kind of turn it on and off as we need popcorn,” he said.

Callahan says even in the winter, lines can stretch around the block at the 10 Chicago stores.

“Yeah, I mean, a lot of those people were in line with grandma and grandpa when they were 5 years old, and now they’re 65, in line with their own kids and grandkids,” he said.

Garrett Popcorn has 10 Chicago locations. In addition to the Jackson Boulevard store, you can find Garrett’s at:

• 26 W. Randolph St.
• 4 E. Madison St.
• 625 N. Michigan Ave.
• 737 E. 87th St.
• Navy Pier
• The Merchandise Mart Food Court
• The Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., 2nd floor
• O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 1, Concourse B
• O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 3, Concourse H

There are also Garrett Popcorn shops in New York City, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.