Taco Bueno and Hardee’s on Dave Ward Drive will soon be joined by a franchise known for its glazed, yeast-raised breakfast treats.
Nabholz Properties Inc. has sold the .5 acres between Taco Bueno and Hardee’s to Trentlaw LLC for $255,000.
Clint Bailey of Newmark Grubb Arkansas, a commercial real estate firm with offices in Central and Northwest Arkansas, brokered the deal.
Dennis Porter, CEO and owner of Trentlaw LLC, said Conway would be the first of several Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchises Trentlaw plans to build in Arkansas over the next several years.
Porter has been in the restaurant business for a long time, as CEO of a managing group that owns a number of Sonic Drive-In franchises throughout Central Arkansas.
Porter and his managing group have been trying to bring this “fun concept” to the City of Colleges for years, he said.
“We tried several years ago to add Krispy Kreme to our group, but they were not franchising at that time,” Porter said.
Trentlaw LLC “worked out a deal,” Porter said, and convinced Krispy Kreme to expand in Arkansas.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has been around since the 1930s, but there are only about 260 units in the US compared to more than 600 international locations.
“Everyone we’ve told over the past several months has been so excited about this project,” Porter said.
Porter knows several folks who drive to Little Rock every Sunday morning for their Krispy Kreme fix.
“There’s just something about a Krispy Kreme,” he said.
Although, Porter said, what’s available at the grocery store is made a little bit differently because it has to be able to last longer.
“If you want the best of the best you have to wait until the red light goes on,” he said.
Porter is referring to the famous red neon, “Hot Doughnuts Now” light developed by the company in 1992 to let customers know fresh, hot doughnuts were coming off the conveyor line.
Conway’s first Krispy Kreme will produce 20 varieties of doughnuts each day from a combination of 50 flavors that will be rotated on a day-by-day basis, Porter said.
The store will have comfortable coffeehouse seating inside, and an outside patio with a drive-thru window.
The store will also include a glass window inside where you can watch the doughnuts being made and glazed on the famous conveyor line.
“If all goes well we hope to break ground this month,” Porter said.
Architects are currently working with the City of Conway Planning Department for site plan approval.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to expand this especially in Arkansas where we do most of our business,” Porter said.