Local doughnut juggernaut Paula's Donuts is heading to the Southtowns, opening its third location in West Seneca's Southgate Plaza.
Owner Paula Huber said she just signed a lease on a 4,800 square foot location to hold her expanding 18-year-old business.
The new store will be on the Union Road side of Southgate Plaza, in front of Market in the Square, she said. "It's a warehouse right now, but they're going to build it out for us," said Huber. "We want to have it open by mid-September."
Paula's Clarence location will remain its corporate headquarters. A recent Clarence addition will give the company enough room to open a training academy for doughnut bakers. The company has about 120 employees already at its Sheridan Drive and Clarence locations, with about 30 full-timers.
What it doesn't have is a drive-through.
"When I was at Kenmore for years, that was my dream -- a drive-through. But once [customers] get in there, it's family -- we pick on everybody. I just love the atmosphere here. I think it's meant to be for us not to have a drive-through. Can you imagine waiting behind someone who's picking a dozen doughnuts?"
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