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The Chronology is an ever-growing list of key events in Hershey’s history. Staff works to keep the Chronology as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

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June 21, 2023

Hershey Bears win their 12th Calder Cup Championship under the leadership of coach Todd Nelson. Goaltender Hunter Shepard was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Bears now hold the AHL record for most Calder Cups won (12), and the most times in the playoffs (24 Finals appearances and 70 postseason appearances).

May 26, 2023

The Hershey Lodge opened a new restaurant called “Stacks.”  It uses the former Hershey plant smoke stacks in its logo.  It replaces the Hershey Grill.

April 26, 2023

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company closes the Cocoa Beanery at Hershey’s West End (formerly 1215 Research Boulevard).  The property is owned by Hershey Trust Company, and was the former Milton Hershey School Student Home Englewood. HE&R established the Cocoa Beanery at this location in 2008.  New owners, Loto Station, LLC, currently operate the former MHS Englewood barn as a live music venue, restaurant and brewery. Renovations will begin in May, with plans to reopen in Summer 2023.

June 14, 2022

The Hershey Company unveils the new 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Annville. The Annville Fulfillment Center is located on 457 Killinger Road. The center is the first fully digitally-enabled facility, with real-time reporting, a digital production map, and sophisticated digital inspection and scanning capabilities to scale production.

September 1, 2021
September 30, 2021

High Point Rose Garden is removed from Hershey Gardens. The growth of trees in the area provided too much shade for the roses to thrive. It is replaced with a new Native Plant Garden made possible by donations from the family of Marcus Sanford. With the removal of the High Point Rose Garden, the total count of rose bushes is taken down to 3,000 with 115 cultivars (from a previous count of 3,500). [Event began in September 2021.]

November 1, 2020
November 30, 2020

The Hershey Story begins offering public tours of High Point mansion. The museum was able to provide tours for the first time ever because employees of Hershey Trust Company, for whom High Point serves as offices, worked remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [First tours took place in November 2020.]

January 1, 2020
December 31, 2020

The Hershey Company sells Krave all-natural jerky products back to the founder, Krave Pure Foods. [Exact date unknown, event occurred in 2020.]

January 9, 2019

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company breaks ground for “Hershey’s Chocolatetown,” an all-new region at Hersheypark where guests can play, eat, shop, and gather year round. Opening is scheduled for Summer 2020.

June 25, 2018

Spencer Carbery is named the 26th head coach of the Hershey Bears hockey club.

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