ROANOKE, Va. -

After a fire in May closed the Melrose Avenue Krispy Kreme, Roanokers have waited to find out where the new one will be.

And now we have a better idea.

Well it's a definite possibility.  We weren't able to get any Krispy Kreme representatives on the phone, but in a rezoning application to the City of Roanoke they indicated this is place they want to be.

Their choice, the current location of the Appliance Outlet here on Hershberger Road.

This is all very preliminary.  The City Planning Commission still needs to approve the request and we're told that no papers have been signed and no dollar figures have been agreed on.

The owner of the property is the nearby K&W Cafeteria.

They tell us they were contacted about a month ago by Krispy Kreme about the property.  The owner here at the Appliance Outlet says all this was news to him when he heard this morning,

"Before today, we really didn't have any information at all about anyone moving into this property," said Steve Genger.

The rezoning request indicates Krispy Kreme plans on building a full-blown, 50 seat store that will supply donuts to the entire region.

The re-zoning request will be heard at a planning commission meeting on December 10th.  If that's approved, we'll have a better idea if and when the new store would go up.
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Krispy Kreme plans to build new production facility and store on Hershberger Road in Roanoke.

The chain filed plans earlier this month to rezone the property at 1625 Hershberger Road.  The site is currently occupied by Appliance Outlet.  The neighboring K&W restaurant would remain.  The new facility would be more than 2,800 square feet and include about 50 seats.  The filing did not include an estimated completion date.

Krispy Kreme's location on Melrose Avenue was closed in May after an electrical fire.  In the rezoning filing, however, representatives said the company had been looking for a new location for several years.