After being shuttered this summer, Maurie's of Pekin Candy-Coffee-Ice Cream is to reopen. But the "of Pekin" part will change.

The rest of the name might need alterations, too.

A not-for-profit group that helps adults with intellectual disabilities has purchased the business that was part of the Pekin fabric for almost 80 years.

The Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County is moving Maurie's from downtown Pekin to downtown Eureka. There, its clients are to help produce and sell Maurie's famed treats — fudge, caramel apples and corn, and cheese corn.

No opening date has been set. But Keith McArdle, the association president and CEO, is hoping Maurie's of Eureka can debut toward the end of this year.

"It's a great fit with our mission and our values," McArdle said Wednesday. "This is going to be an opportunity for several of our individuals to work where they have contact with the community and it's fun and exciting."

The association has been operating a recycling service, which provides jobs for most of its 40-some clients. But a persistent slide in recycling prices led to ADDWC losing about $70,000 on that program last year, according to McArdle.

That prompted association administrators to seek other employment opportunities for whom they serve.

Such an alternative presented itself this summer, when Maurie's owner Karen Irons listed her business for sale. Ill health prompted Irons to close Maurie's in July.

About three weeks ago, McArdle inquired about purchasing the business that was founded in 1941. Irons had received no offers.

"Actually, I was kind of surprised by that, because I know how important Maurie's is to the community," said McArdle, who resided in Pekin for 15 years.

The sale closed last week, McArdle said. He didn't want to reveal the new location because those negotiations aren't final.

Regardless of new owner, Maurie's would have to move from its spot at 522 Court St. The building needs significant renovations to bring it up to codes, according to McArdle.

"I knew going into this that if we were successful, there would be some pushback from the Pekin community," he said. "But I thought if somebody didn't step in, it wasn't going to survive."

McArdle plans to help assuage Maurie's loss by offering some of its products to be sold at Pekin stores. Ideally, he said, the association might someday be able to open a small Pekin storefront that sells Eureka-made Maurie's products.

The new Maurie's plans to limit its menu to the basics. Its previous incarnation also had been offering coffees and baked goods.

As many as 10 Maurie's employees might be affiliated with ADDWC, McArdle said. He plans to operate the store himself.

"It's that important to me," McArdle said.

Part of the sale includes the iconic Maurie's neon sign that hung in front of the business for years. McArdle said the sign will cost about $10,000 to refurbish. He is accepting donations.

"That's part of Maurie's. We have to have the sign," McArdle said.