My thoughts and prayers are with you if you have one tube of Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers left.
Today, a large piece of 80s drugstore glamour died, because it’s been reported that Bonne Bell is closing its doors forever and they’re laying off 91 employees at the end of March. Bonne Bell didn’t announce it themselves. The Mayor of Westlake, Ohio, where Bonne Bell is based, put on grape jelly and peanut butter Lip Smackers and opened his mouth to the media about this sad, sad news. Bonne Bell informed the Mayor’s Office in a letter that they are shutting down. via Cleveland.com
The letter said Bonne Bell Co. “will be permanently laying off employees and closing substantially all manufacturing and distribution operations at the facility located at 1006 Crocker Road in Westlake Ohio. in connection with the sale of a significant portion of the business,” Clough said. “As a result of the layoffs and closing of the manufacturing operations we anticipate that 91 employees will be permanently laid off.”
Whatever is left of Bonne Bell will eventually become Bell Family Brands and they’ll mostly sell skincare.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to run down to Walgreens or wherever and shank and punch a trick while fighting for every last tube of Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers. Bonne Bell sold the Lipsmackers brand to Markwins International Corp, which owns fellow merchant of 80s elegance Wet ‘N Wild. Markwins will keep putting out Lip Smackers and they’re planning to breathe new life into it.
First SkyMall and now Bonne Bell?! 2015 is a bitch. I’ll hold your Bubble Gum Lip Smacker while you scream, “AY NOOOOOOOOOOOO,” as you fall into a puddle of sadness on the floor before clutching the charred remains of your childhood.