In 2003 Derek Lawson purchased his first candy store in Wilmington, NC. He created a new genre of candy which saved the once failing business.
His new creations set him apart from all-other candy stores and ultimately became a modern day cultural icon: "GIANT GUMMY BEARS!"
In 2006 Derek purchased and reversed the fortunes of another failing candy store in Raleigh, NC and once again made it profitable - as the new home of his WORLD'S LARGEST GUMMY BEARS! TM
As of April, 2019 "POPALOP'S Candy Shop" in Crabtree Valley Mall is closed. (Check back for more details).