Hunt Club Dr. property could be site of new Corolla Sugar Planet store

By on January 24, 2023

The Currituck County Planning & Community Development Department has confirmed that S&S properties, believed to be the parent company of the Sugar Kingdom candy store chain, obtained permits in July 2022 for the “Sugar Planet” name and for an interior build-out of a Corolla office building into an “ice cream and retail space.”

The site is located at 510 Hunt Club Dr. and includes a two-story, 7,700 sq. ft.  commercial building. Situated on a 1.9-acre parcel, the property is at the entrance of The Currituck Club and next to The Visitor Center and an ABC store.

In a Jan. 21 Voice story, Naor Hilel, regional manager of the candy store operation, said that aside from the store being built in Kitty Hawk, the company was also planning on opening one in Corolla—although he did not provide a location or timetable for that project.

At that time, the Currituck Planning & Community Development Department, said they were unaware of any Corolla location for a Sugar Planet Project. But this week, officials indicated they had found records showing that S&S Properties purchased the Hunt Club Dr. building in July 2021 for $950,000 and obtained permits about a year later.

Sugar Kingdom officials did not respond to a Voice request for comment on the proposed Corolla location.

As reported in the Jan. 21 Voice story, the plan to open a 7,500 sq. ft. Sugar Planet store in Kitty Hawk has been met with substantial community concern that the project is contributing to, in the words of one critic, the “Myrtle Beachification of the Outer Banks.” Kitty Hawk Director of Planning and Inspections Rob Testerman has said that the new candy store is a permitted use and meets zoning requirements, leaving the town will no choice but to approve it.


SEE ALSO: Sugar Kingdom company to open two new stores

 

 

 




Comments

  • WindyBill

    Corolla has long been home to excess snootiness. Sugar Kingdom is just what it needs. Enjoy!

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 3:13 pm
  • Runnerguy45

    Currituck officials did not know until the developer announced it?
    What a joke!!!

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 3:23 pm
  • Bill

    This is ridiculous. I’m glad I’m getting the H out of here.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 3:36 pm
  • Czarina

    Shameful that the local politicians HATE the Outer Banks so much, and LOVE filling their pockets. Tourists come because of what it used to be — quaint, nothing but Mom-n-Pop stores, low buildings. Now it is all Big Box and mini-mansions that cram 10-12 cars in their driveways, and all over our streets. Disgusting!!!

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 5:51 pm
  • John Reston

    And then there were 4.
    Welcome to the Outer Beetus, Cletus.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 8:33 pm
  • Currituck Buckeye

    Despicable. Just wait until the bridge goes in. There will be mammoth souvenir stores that sit empty 50% of the year for as far as the eye can see. I wouldn’t be surprised if they penned the horses and turned it into a very profitable petting zoo.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 10:43 pm
  • surf123

    The mom and pop stores work until the population and/or number of visitors exceed the level needed to support chain and big box stores and that is where we are at. Once they move in and start to squeeze out the local stores and restaurants it is too late to roll the clock back. Stores like these are chain like though at a much smaller scale and succeed by being highly specialized. They must be quite busy in Nags Head and KDH to warrant more stores and my anecdotal, but there are a lot cars in the parking lots when I drive by. A good number of my guests go to there because there is nothing else like it when it comes to candy. Expect more of the same as we morph into Myrtle Beach North or VA Beach South. The question is why we keep spending money on advertising?

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 10:51 pm
  • Fred McPeters

    Hope they offer employee housing. If not they’re done after the first year. Because no one from down south is traveling 2 hours on weekends for $10/hour…. unless they throw in AYCE candy and 50% off dental insurance.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 11:13 pm
  • Anon

    Between development like this and the potential for a new “Currituck Bridge”, sounds like Corolla is well on it’s way to become a zoo like much of the Kitty-Devil-Head zone has.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 10:47 am
  • Charles

    Here’s hoping they do this on Hatteras. I am thinking one for the Tri, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras. 5 ought to take care of all of our candy needs. And maybe 2 for Ocracoke, one on each end of the island. I have said countless times coming off the ferry how I could really use about 50 pieces of salt water taffy covered in ice cream.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 12:28 pm
  • Walker

    I might be one of the few that want the currituck bridge. Take some pressure off the Kitty Hawk and lower area. Put those sugar stores up there and close the ones down here. Carolla isn’t owned by local people anymore anyway. I can remember when they wouldn’t let you past the county line unless you owned property up there.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm
  • WindyBill

    I think the Proposed bridge will result in more residents commuting to southern Tidewater with the resulting loss of rental houses.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 1:14 pm
  • JW

    Walker – I remember when Dare county wouldn’t let you across the bridge…even if you did own a property there.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 2:24 pm
  • Surf123

    The starting of the Currituck Bridge will be the equivalent of rolling out the red carpet for the tourist stores in Corolla. This will be one of the side effects of getting the bridge. While you will be able to get there quicker (less traffic and shorter distance) you’ll get all the benefits of easy access including increased crime, more day trippers, more people year round and demand for more public services resulting in higher taxes. Those wanting the bridge will regret it as this is just the first bit of good news albeit early.

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 6:18 pm
  • Brent

    The thing that’s always made coralla so much more attractive than Kitty hawk nags Head kill devil hills has been the absence of things like sugar Kingdoms trashing up the place – this is disgusting beyond belief

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
  • Wombatnc

    I feel a cavity coming on; OBX charm is gone!

    Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 8:41 pm
  • Joan bond

    Maybe these candy stores are a dream come true for dentist. Who the hell goes to candy stores? L lived a half block from the salt water taffy place on Atlantic avenue in va beach but it was never all that busy. So build a candy store and put in 20 beds for the working force that they hire to sell the stuff. It’s all about greed and nags head tops that list from home owners to motel owners. Enough said

    Thursday, Jan 26 @ 9:50 am
  • Paul S.

    What a way to be greeted in Kitty Hawk / Southern Shores .
    Huge big PINK lettering on the Chocolate /sugar building .

    How can we let this go ?? Just because it is Zoned ? Doesn’t mean it has to be approved !!!

    Do we really wish our area to look like Six Flags or Myrtle Beach ???

    Please——-

    Saturday, Jan 28 @ 2:58 pm
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