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KRISPY KREME PLANNING 'HOT SHOPS'

The local franchisee for Krispy Kreme is looking to open one or two smaller stores that would use a newly developed oven to sell hot doughnuts all day long.

The stores would be 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, about one-third the size of the regular Krispy Kreme factory stores, said Christopher J. D'Angelo, vice president of Dynamic Doughnuts, which owns Krispy Kreme franchises in upstate New York and parts of Florida.

"We have the ability to produce hot, glazed doughnuts any time of day," said D'Angelo, who refers to the smaller locations as "hot shops."

The factory stores in the Town of Tonawanda or Cheektowaga would still make the doughnuts but the smaller stores would finish and glaze them on site. The factories generally produce hot doughnuts from about 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Krispy Kreme "hot shops" could produce hot doughnuts any time.

Dynamic Doughnuts opened two Krispy Kreme "hot shops" in the Miami area earlier this year and based on those sales wants to bring the concept here.

"We believe the future of Krispy Kreme are factory stores with hot shops surrounding them," D'Angelo said.

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