YAKIMA, Wash. — As usual, news of a new national food brand coming to town generated plenty of buzz among local diners.
A Pasco-based franchisee is expected to be opening Krispy Kreme locations in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties over the next three years, as noted in a Shop Talk Facebook post on the development that was quite popular.
Many people expressed concern about Yakima, which was recently deemed the fourth most obese city nationwide, getting a new donut shop.
“We have enough of an obesity problem in Yakima,” Erika Dore wrote on Shop Talk’s Facebook page. “Adding a drive-thru donut shop is adding fuel to the fire.”
Bradley Lenseigne argued that shouldn’t be a factor in the franchisee’s decision to open: “They wouldn’t build here if there wasn’t a demand. People should feel free to eat whatever they want.”
Also generating buzz last week was the prospect of even more new retail tenants at a new retail development on South First Street.
Hogback Development Co., which is currently in the middle of construction for its Rainier Square project on West Nob Hill Boulevard, submitted land use documents to the city of Yakima earlier this month.
What got people going was Hogback principal Chris Waddle’s hint that some of the tenants slated for the developments were requests he received from local shoppers for the Rainier Square project.
“Can’t wait to hear what new restaurants and businesses will be coming our way!” Kristi Martin Miles wrote on Shop Talk’s Facebook page. “If only it were a Trader Joe’s. Fingers crossed.”