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CHARLOTTE, NC (Jen Wilson/Charlotte Business Journal) -
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is getting ready to open a 2,800-square-foot store in the former Wendy's restaurant at 119 N. Sharon Amity Road in Cotswold.
Construction on the doughnut shop is slated to be finished by mid-September, and opening is targeted for later that month, according to spokesman Brian Little.
The location will include a drive-through window, a menu of coffees and espresso drinks, iced beverages and, of course, that Carolina favorite -- the signature hot Original Glazed doughnut. Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD) plans to hire about 40 employees to staff the shop.
The Cotswold store will be the first retail location in Charlotte in years for the Winston-Salem-based doughnut maker.
A location just across the state line in Indian Land opened in the past year, and the company has five other stores in the region, according to the store locator on its website, in Hickory, Gastonia, Lenoir, Matthews and Salisbury.
A Rock Hill store is also planned.
The company also maintains a large commissary location in Concord that produces product for convenience stores, groceries and mass merchant channel.
Asked about further expansion plans in the Queen City, Little said, "Krispy Kreme is committed to having a long-term presence in the Charlotte metro area." He confirmed the company is considering properties that meet is real estate specifications, but declines to give specifics.
Krispy Kreme has already taken its doughnuts around the world, opening shops in India, Russia and Turkey in recent years. It operates 694 locations in 21 countries, according to its website.
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