Krispy Kreme Conway Developer Wants More Arkansas Locations

by Lee Hogan  on Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 1:03 pm  

Trentlaw LLC recently purchased a half-acre lot on Dave Ward Drive in Conway for $255,000 and plans to construct a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop on the parcel. Construction could start as early as the third week of June, with the store ready to open in September.

The doughnut shop that started from the recipe of a New Orleans French chef in the 1930s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina will soon have a location in Conway.

Newmark Grubb Arkansas announced this week the $255,000 sale of a half-acre lot on Dave Ward Drive to Trentlaw LLC, which has plans to put a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop on the land. Clint Berry, an associate broker with Newmark Grubb Arkansas, represented Nabholz Properties Inc. in the transaction.

More: Read the press release here.

The doughnut and coffee shop will be located at 1105 Dave Ward Drive, sandwiched between a Taco Bueno and Hardee's.

Dennis Porter, officer with Trentlaw LLC, says, if everything goes to plan, construction on the 2,650-SF shop could start the third week of June, and could be open in September. The shop is slated to feature both indoor and patio seating, in addition to a drive through window and parking for 23 vehicles. The shop will be able to produce 110 dozen doughnuts an hour.

Porter says the shop will be a new, smaller concept that Krispy Kreme has turned to building instead of older, traditional chains that are between 5-6,000-SF.

The Conway Boom

The decision to start in Conway was an easy one for Porter. In fact, there was no other plan.

"I never thought about anywhere but Conway for the first one," he says.

After meeting with Mayor Tab Townsell and Bryan Patrick, director of planning and development, Porter says he was impressed with the city's plans for the future and wanted to be a part of the growth.

"Conway is about to bust wide open," he said. "There are so many good things going on in Conway."

At a half acre, the location is a bit smaller than usually desired, but being located on a major roadway in Conway, in addition to the proximity of residential, retail and work areas, was a good selling point, Porter said. The recent acquisition of land across the street by Douglas Cos., planned to be commercially developed, also sweetened the deal.



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