Utica approves site plan for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Petitioner says new model is first in nation

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 29, 2017

 A new model for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is anticipated to be built in this out lot near Schoenherr and Hall roads.

A new model for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is anticipated to be built in this out lot near Schoenherr and Hall roads.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

UTICA — If all goes according to plan, the out lot in front of buybuy BABY and Christmas Tree Shops on Schoenherr Road, north of Hall Road, will soon be home to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Jason Kishmish, president and founder of Grand Management & Development in Beverly Hills, Michigan, said the development will be a new prototype never before seen in the U.S.

“It’s a really exciting project,” Kishmish said. “It’s called their ‘Experience the Future’ store. Basically, what they’re doing with this new prototype is creating a customer experience.”

The doughnut-making process will be visible from the parking lot and Schoenherr Road, he said.

“What’s cool is it’s all glass,” he said. “You can feel the nostalgia of the brand, which is over 80 years old now. It (gives patrons the sense of) how it used to feel. You get to smell everything, because the doughnuts are made fresh every hour, on the hour.”

The Utica City Council unanimously approved the conditional use for the drive-thru at its Dec. 12 meeting. City Clerk Beth Ricketts said the Planning Commission recommended approval.

“We are one of only three cities in the state of Michigan that will have a Krispy Kreme here within the next year — actually, probably before that,” Mayor Thom Dionne said. “They chose our location in Utica as the first one to roll out this new national program, so we’re ecstatic to have them and hope the city feels the same way.”

At the Dec. 12 meeting, Kishmish said representatives from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, could not make it in time for the meeting due to a snowstorm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Utica Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Sikora said for the record at the Dec. 12 meeting that his company, the Clinton Township-based St. Clair Glass and Mirror Co., has a business relationship with Grand Management & Development.

“This is new,” Sikora said. “I’ve just worked in the bathrooms.”

Dionne added at the meeting that a gym is within walking distance of the proposed development.

“So if you want to indulge in some doughnuts as a treat, make sure you hit the Planet Fitness right down the road,” he joked.

Cassie Williams, of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, told the Shelby-Utica News in a Dec. 20 phone interview that the company did not yet have any information to release.

For more information, call Utica City Hall at (586) 739-1600. For more information about Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, visit www.krispykreme.com.