“Our goal is to have six stores open by the end of this year or early next year,” says Thorntons spokesperson.
Thorntons Inc is set to open its first Florida location in Clearwater, Fla., in November, on the site of a former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop at 1698 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Thorntons plans to add 15-20 stores in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater area during the next three years.
“Our goal is to have six stores open by the end of this year or early next year,” John Zikias, senior vice president of supply chain and category management told the Tampa Bay Times.
Each store will be open 24 hours a day, and will feature three grades of gasoline as well as diesel fuel. E85, an environmentally friendly alternative fuel for FlexFuel vehicles, will not be immediately available until the logistics of its delivery are worked out.
This is the company’s first move into a new metro/state region since 2007. With this expansion, the Thorntons brand will now be available in six states.