TUPELO – Krispy Kreme doughnut lovers who have had to settle for the pre-boxed treats at area grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations may be buying them fresh soon.
A new retail center on West Main Street in Tupelo has been proposed by a Columbus developer, and anchoring the nearly 12,000-square-foot site is a Krispy Kreme.
The doughnut shop with its iconic red flashing “Hot Now” sign would occupy a 3,500-square-foot space, while the rest of the center is divided into five 1,680-square-foot spaces.
The retail center isn’t a done deal, as the plans are preliminary at this point.
However, the developer’s plan will be reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission next month. The board can make a recommendation on the project after the review.
The next step would be getting the necessary permits and approvals from the Development Services department.
The proposed site of the retail center would occupy acreage southwest of the corner of West Main Street and Lakeview Drive. The former Children’s House Montessori School sits on the site now, along with a few other buildings.
The nearest Krispy Kreme store to Tupelo is in Columbus. That store opened almost two years ago.
Krispy Kreme, founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has more than 850 stores worldwide.
A representative for the company has not returned a call for comment.