BELLEVILLE — Tom and Dede Cordie are ready to retire and sell White Cottage.
The couple have sold the decades-old Belleville ice cream stand at 102 Lebanon Ave. and eatery before. They had operated the business for 23 years until selling it in 2001. The new owners operated the business until 2006, when the business was sold again. The business closed a year later before the Cordies reopened it in October 2008.
This time, they're ready to walk away for good. But if there are no takers, Dede Cordie said she and her husband will reopen again next season. She said the business continues to make a profit.
"We're putting the business up for sale, again," Dede said. "We just want to retire."
White Cottage has been serving ice cream in Belleville's Lebanon Avenue neighborhood for the past 60 years. The Cordies took over the business around 1978. Tom Cordie learned to make ice cream from the previous owner, Paul Casper.
The Cordies also ran a second White Cottage off South 74th Street from about 1979 to 1990, but the building was later razed. The couple also ran a White Cottage at 5326 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights until about 1993.
White Cottage homemade hard and soft ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, concretes, shakes, malts, freezes, floats, ice cream sodas and sundaes. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and fries.