Troubled chocolate retailer Darrell Lea will remain Australian owned, but hundreds of jobs will still be lost as the Quinn family takes control.

Darrell Lea on Monday was sold to the Quinn family, which owns the Queensland-based VIP Petfoods.The family plan to restructure the confectionary maker, axing 246 permanent and 172 casual Darrell Lea jobs in the process.The remaining 27 Darrell Lea company-owned stores will close their doors for the last time on Sunday.However, chocolate lovers will still be able to buy Darrell Lea goods through the network of 1,200 licensed retailers, wholesalers and exporters.A spokesman for the Quinn family said they wanted to save the Australian iconic brand and saw the purchase as an opportunity to move into the local and international confectionary market.

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