KINGSPORT — Krispy Kreme is coming back to Kingsport.
According to the city's building department, a $525,000 building permit was issued Wednesday for a Krispy Kreme establishment on Stone Drive, across the parking lot from the new Popeye's restaurant, on the site where the Beach Hut used to stand.
The 2,464-square-foot building will be a stand-alone structure, and according to the building department, construction is expected to begin soon.
The Model City has been without a Krispy Kreme for more than four years since the Center Street location changed to a Seavers establishment, following the death of Ralph Coomer, who had started the franchise in Kingsport in 1968.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened its first location in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1937 and since then has grown to thousands of locations around the world, including stand-alone stores and in grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations, along with 500 international stores.
For more information visit www.krispykreme.com.