HARTSDALE, N.Y. (AP) – The suburban New York store where Tom Carvel launched his ice cream empire is set to close after more than 70 years.

Tom Carvel’s ice cream truck got a flat tire on Hartsdale’s Central Avenue in 1934. He was forced to pull over and did such brisk business that two years later, he opened an ice cream stand on the spot.

The brand became famous for ice cream cakes with such themes as Fudgie the Whale. It’s now sold in more than 500 Carvel stores and 8,500 supermarkets nationwide.

AP-ES-10-05-08 1751EDT

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