Alaska’s second Krispy Kreme location is coming to the Mat-Su.

Signs are up in Wasilla announcing an April opening at the new Shoppes at Sun Mountain complex. That’s the same area where Sonic opened its first Alaska restaurant last year.

Krispy Kreme welcomed customers to its first store in Alaska in East Anchorage in August 2016. Developer Jack Lewis, the managing partner for North to Alaska, said the Wasilla location was attractive because of the new construction.

That restaurant will have a full theater window where people can watch the hot doughnuts go through the glaze.

Lewis said the machine will be able to produce about 110 dozen donuts an hour, which is less than East Anchorage’s location that makes about 270 dozen an hour. He said the Wasilla store will have more digital signage as well.

“It’s a little more exciting experience when you come in. We wanted there to be a real sense of arrival. From the minute you pull up to it the experience begins, you’re at Krispy Kreme. Even though we’re doughnuts and coffee, we wanted to make sure the experience is wonderful,” he said.

Lewis said he’s currently looking for a Midtown location for another restaurant, somewhere in the C Street corridor from International Airport Road to Benson Boulevard.

Krispy Kreme is also working with Denali Pretzel in the airport to offer “loose” doughnuts on both sides of security.

“Doughnuts going out to the Bush communities now. And even after security, doughnuts going to the [North] Slope” Lewis said.

Lewis is also looking at expanding the franchise around the state.

“We’re still planning on putting one in Fairbanks. That’s probably a couple of years out,” Lewis said. “And we’re going to take a hard look at the Kenai. We’re just not sure yet if that market has matured enough to justify a store down there, but it’s growing.”

The Wasilla location is expected to be open at the end of April.

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