Sorrento's Pizza and Subs sits right along Chocolate Avenue. Manager Jason Holahan says he often hears locals gossip about a buy-out of the candy maker.

"You know everybody gets a little uptight once they hear about it, then it starts fizzling out. It's not that big of a deal. We'll look at it ok we'll see what happens. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, well we kind of figured it that way, Holahan said.

Hershey Spokesperson Kirk Saville released this statement.
"As a matter of policy, we do not comment on merger or acquisition issues."

Nestle gave a similar response and the business manager at Chocolate Workers Local 464 said the union hasn't been contacted by the company.
Protests erupted back in 2002 when Hershey Trust Company considered selling Hershey Foods. It abandoned the sale because the bids didn't satisfy the board.

Some resent being left in the dark if there are talks once again, saying if it is just speculation, say so, so they can kiss the rumors goodbye.
"We'll wait and see if something happens, then we'll start wondering and worrying," Holahan said.

Coincidentally Wrigley shareholders approved it's sale to Mars today, making it the largest confectionary company in the world.
That is adding to rumors that a merger would help Hershey better compete.