In a sweet development for the state, a Krispy Kreme franchisee plans to build four doughnut shops in Southcentral Alaska during the next three years.
The first store is scheduled to open March 1, 2015, in East Anchorage. The exact location has not been determined, but the plan is for that operation to make 270 dozen donuts per hour.
After the first store, the plan is to open a new location in six-month intervals:
one in Midtown, one in South Anchorage and one in Wasilla. Those locations will produce 110 dozen donuts per hour.
All of the stores will be built from the ground up.
The agreement was announced Tuesday by Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme and North to Alaska, LLC.
Anchorage-based North to Alaska is run by Jack Lewis, founder and operator of five local eateries: Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant, Peanut Farm Sports Grill, McGinley’s Irish Pub and two Firetap Alehouse locations.
Krispy Kreme will be the first national donut franchise to set up shop in Alaska since Dunkin’ Donuts pulled out of Anchorage years ago.
The agreement follows a series of recently-announced national restaurant chains heading for the Last Frontier, including Texas Roadhouse and Hard Rock Café.
Channel 2's Austin Baird contributed to this story