By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice 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.