Pizza, donuts and fitness: businesses on the way

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Three new businesses on their way here were welcomed on social media Monday, May 8, by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

They are Donut Crown, Koko FitClub and Little Caesars Pizza.

Donut Crown received remodel permits in April for a summer opening at 316 North US 281 in Lakeview Plaza, according to Scarlet Contreras, city planning technician.

Koko FitClub is proposed for the Bealls complex at 1400 Ranch to Market Road 1431. The application and plans for a tenant finish out have been submitted and are under review by city staff, Contreras said.

The same is true of the Little Caesars franchise proposed for 1304 North US 281 in Highland Quarry Shopping Center.

Donut Crown is a retail bakery that got its start catering to the morning pastry crowd some 16 years ago in Austin.

Koko FitClub is a national chain that already has 15 outlets in Texas, including one in Cedar Park. Its business model touts individualized training programs when: “You want to be fit, but traditional fitness has let you down.”

Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars has grown the third largest pizza chain in the world with a presence in 20 countries and territories worldwide and in all 50 states, riding on its well-known "Pizza! Pizza!" trademark.

“While the EDC did not actively pursue or recruit these businesses, we did provide technical assistance including demographic and trade area information, etc. when requested by Koko Fit and Little Caesar's,” said Midge Dockery, EDC business development coordinator. “The Donut Crown owners are from the Austin area and we are not sure who the franchisee for Little Caesars will be (but) Koko FitClub will have local ownership ties,” she said.

Owners of Rally Point Brewing Company, the working name of a proposed microbrewery and restaurant at 207 Avenue G, received the re-zoning it requested from the Marble Falls City Council May 2 and some work on that building has already begun.

No construction permits have been issued as yet on the Burger King expected on the southwest corner of US 281 and Ranch to Market Road 1431, Contreras said.

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