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Chicago's 'nut king' dead at 90

Nut's On Clark store at Chicago O'Hare Airport.
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Nut's On Clark store at Chicago O'Hare Airport.

A businessman known to his fans as Chicago's "nut king" died earlier this week at the age of 90, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Herbert 'Herb' Kenney founded Nuts on Clark, a business selling gourmet popcorn, as well as several varieties of nuts, more than 30 years ago, according to the Sun-Times.

The business, which sells hundreds of items — including cheese popcorn, caramel corn, dried fruits, and candies — operates multiple stores throughout Chicago.

"He loved nuts," Estelle Kenney, Herbert Kenney's wife, said to the Sun-Times. "We had this extra space in the building, and he decided we should go into the nut business."

A service is planned for Sunday in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Read more about Kenney in The Chicago Sun-Times' report.