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Movers clear our the former Mr. Bigg’s Pizza & Italian Food, less than a block from Hurts Donut.
Movers clear our the former Mr. Bigg’s Pizza & Italian Food, less than a block from Hurts Donut.

Hurts Donut to relocate downtown

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The owners of Hurts Donut Co. plan to relocate their downtown treat shop less than a block down the street, part of a series of moves for the company.

Co-owners Tim and Kas Clegg finalized a three-year lease this morning for 3,000 square feet of space at 320 Park Central West from landlord Scott Murray for undisclosed terms. A high-turnover property, the former home of Mr. Bigg’s Pizza & Italian Food is double Hurts' current square footage at 301 Park Central West.

Tim said the couple expects to transition to the new space by June 1.

“Our business is just taking off. We’re running out of space in our Springfield location,” Kas said, noting the 24/7 doughnut shop also is looking to offer 24/7 delivery.

At its current spot - which opened in November 2013 - Tim said the owners are negotiating with landlord Bob McCroskey to open a new concept, currently in the early planning stages. Kas said the concept is tentatively dubbed “Weiners” and would sell specialty hot dogs, though Tim said the idea is in its infancy and hasn’t been finalized.

Kas said the company currently employs 30 in Springfield and would be looking to hire 10 to 15 more with the move.

A second Springfield Hurts location also is in the works. Tim declined to provide details, but said the owners are in negotiations for a south-side shop.

Outside of the Queen City, the Cleggs are finalizing a franchise model, with two franchisees on board in the Wichita, Kan., and Kansas City areas. The first store in Wichita is slated to open by June. The Cleggs opened a Norman, Okla., store last summer.

Tim said under the franchise setup, franchisees would pay a franchise fee of $25,000 per store plus royalties of 7 percent of gross sales.[[In-content Ad]]

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