Sugar Kingdom company to open two new stores

By on January 21, 2023

Along with Kitty Hawk site, Corolla proposed as second location

According to a company official, Sugar Kingdom, which currently has stores in in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills, plans to open soon at two new locations. In addition to the Kitty Hawk site that has been in the works, the second store will be located in Corolla.

“We are very excited to open two other Sugar Planets – one in Kitty Hawk, one in Corolla,” said Naor Hilel, regional manager of the candy store operation. “With new management in place, we are working to get the existing stores upgraded with paint and new signs. It was a rough two years with COVID and hurricanes. We are happy to serve the local community as well as the tourism. We want to be your candy shop.”

When contacted by the Voice, the Currituck County Planning & Community Development Department said this is the first time they had heard about a Corolla location.

“We can’t find any documentation or applications in our paperwork for any kind of Sugar Kingdom location,” said Jennie Turner, one of three Senior Planners for Currituck County, adding that they do have buildings that could be used for a new Sugar Planet location if the company does apply for permits.

The Kitty Hawk location is at 5201 N Croatan Highway on a one-acre piece of property located just south of Outer Banks Furniture and across U.S.158 from the former Sentara Medical Center. A building permit for the project was issued in August 2022 and the facility is in the beginning phase of construction.

When asked by the Voice, Hilel could provide no further information as far as timetables for either location or a specific location for the Corolla site.

News of the Kitty Hawk location has been met with some social media backlash and discussion about whether a third 7,500 square-foot retail candy store is needed in Dare County.

One complaint, which was addressed in the statement from Hilel, is the appearance of the stores in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills, with some criticism that the existing stores are “eye sores,” and make the Outer Banks look “trashy,” with chipping paint and multiple letters in their signs burnt out.

The main point of contention evident in comments on social media from local residents is that the Outer Banks is losing its historic, cottage village-like charm that differentiates it from larger, more “touristy” beach cities — leading to what one Southern Shores man characterized as the “Myrtle Beachification of the Outer Banks.”

“I realize we live in a capitalist society, but the last thing we need is a giant box store and a huge paved parking lot in between the highways,” said a Kitty Hawk resident. “The town does have control over this. They won’t even allow much smaller vendor markets to operate in Kitty Hawk.”

In an interview with the Voice, Rob Testerman, Director of Planning and Inspections for the Town of Kitty Hawk, clarified that the new Sugar Kingdom is a permitted use and meets the zoning requirements.

“So, even knowing what it was, if, if we didn’t want it, you know, we really would have no legal basis to deny it. A lot of the comments on social media were kind of acting like we had a choice in the matter, but it met the requirements, so we’re legally bound to approve,” says Testerman.

Kitty Hawk states in its Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Comprehensive Land Use Plan Microsoft Word – KittyHawkLUP Cover.doc (kittyhawknc.gov) that it supports efforts and regulations that help to preserve and maintain the town’s appearance and the concept of a “community appearance theme.” But Testerman stated that “the Land Use Plan is a guiding document, used for basing policy decisions—it does not set actual policy or regulations. We would need to have that language in our Town Code, in the applicable zoning ordinance, in order to regulate the appearance of a commercial structure.”

In the current Land Use Plan, Kitty Hawk had made a commitment to “develop a position paper outlining its desires for maintaining its established community theme as a low density, low rise residential beach community with coast guard station style architecture predominant by the end of Fiscal Year 1997-98.” It also vowed to study the creation of an architectural overlay district and an architectural review committee. As Testerman confirms, the town did not follow through on those commitments.

But Kitty Hawk is in the early stages of updating the CAMA/Land Use Plan. And Testerman said that any potential amendments to the town code will be mainly driven by community and public input. He encourages residents to voice their opinion at upcoming public information hearings held by the Kitty Hawk Planning and Inspections Department.

The next hearing will be on February 7, with a tentative time set for 5 p.m.-7p.m. More information can be found at kittyhawknc.gov/land-use-plan-update.


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Comments

  • Janet

    So the owners can afford two new locations but not maintain their current stores in KDH and Nags Head? Makes sense. As a business owner in KDH, we’ve been fined before for lights that were too bright. How is Sugar Kingdom allowed to have the brightest yet dumpiest signs around?? Why are they not being fined for their horrible sign conditions and light pollution? This just goes to show the owners don’t care about our community.

    Sunday, Jan 22 @ 12:12 pm
  • Joseph buttafuco

    It will go well in Corolla right next to the ridiculous horse tours

    Sunday, Jan 22 @ 12:27 pm
  • Blank

    Hi,

    Local candy store in duck & kdh line are both done in costal style architecture.

    Both good businesses

    This is ugly

    Sunday, Jan 22 @ 1:03 pm
  • Charles

    This is what happens when commitments are not kept…
    In the current Land Use Plan, Kitty Hawk had made a commitment to “develop a position paper outlining its desires for maintaining its established community theme as a low density, low rise residential beach community with coast guard station style architecture predominant by the end of Fiscal Year 1997-98.” It also vowed to study the creation of an architectural overlay district and an architectural review committee. As Testerman confirms, the town did not follow through on those commitments.

    Sunday, Jan 22 @ 4:53 pm
  • Barbara H

    My family loves our small local shops in Corolla, many of which sell candy and ice cream. Nobody wants a Sugar Kingdom store competing with these established businesses.

    Sunday, Jan 22 @ 8:23 pm
  • Czarina

    It is disgusting that the community decision-makers have turned the tables on what the Outer Banks USED to be about. It used to be quaint. It used to be local businesses. These decision makers only want $$ and everything is now Big Box. Disgusting!

    Monday, Jan 23 @ 7:32 am
  • MARY TAMARA REID

    Why in the world would 2 more of these candy stores come to OBX. I would think there would be more important things to focus on.

    Monday, Jan 23 @ 11:27 am
  • Steven

    The demise of the banks began when the fishermen were forced out and the area became known as OBnoXious.

    Hatteras Island is being destroyed by out of town property owners..

    Monday, Jan 23 @ 1:01 pm
  • Steve

    Judging by the 2 eyesores they’ve already put there it’s quite baffling to me as to why they were allowed 2 more. The lame excuse that the town of KH can’t stop it should be used to clear out the Director of Planning and anyone else responsible for the zoning.

    BTW Steven, I’m one of those out of town property owners you speak of, you should maybe rethink your position. Even the property owners who are just in it for the money probably don’t want anymore crap like Sugar Kingdom although I’ll bet they’re fine with Target. I’ve been coming down to the OBX since the late 80’s. Like many of the people who own down there I look forward to hopefully living there full time. Most of us fell in love with it because of what it was, a place of natural beauty with a small bit of beach kitch. A place with a sense of history and some very friendly people. I in no way have anything to do with the abomination that is Sugar Kingdom. Wings is enough! Until I someday get a vote it’s up to the folks who live there to get people in office to put a stop to this kind of thing.

    Monday, Jan 23 @ 3:21 pm
  • KDH local

    I feel your pain.. I begged for our town not to build the WaWa in my neighborhood and the town could care less it’s all about the money now I have to look out my window and see it every day.. no love for the locals 🙁

    Monday, Jan 23 @ 10:44 pm
  • sandflea

    Just change the name to: Myrtle Banks or Trashy Banks

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 5:54 am
  • Paul

    The area struggles to build affordable housing, with planning boards blocking every move yet, they encourage businesses like a candy store. Priorities need to be better aligned. The charm of the outer banks is fast becoming extinct in favor of zero value-added businesses and tourist traps.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 7:39 am
  • Paul Schain

    Unbelievable !!

    Yes we , THE OUTER BANKS , the beautiful treasured area that we all enjoy, is becoming , “ Myrtle Beach of eastern NC .
    Sad , sad !!!

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 10:01 am
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