Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is to open a restaurant and production hub in Peterborough.

Work began last week on the 40-cover restaurant, which is expected to open this summer. The store will be one of 11 in the UK.

The facilities will include a ‘drive-thru’ lane and a Hotlight store. Hotlight stores supply fresh doughnuts to all Krispy Kreme in-store cabinets within a one-hour radius of their location, and also allow consumers to watch the doughnuts being made.

Nigel Jones, development director for Krispy Kreme, said: “We’re delighted to have let this unit to such a well-known and well-loved global firm.”

Judith Denby, chief marketing officer for Krispy Kreme, said: “Our Hotlight stores provide the ultimate way for doughnut lovers to experience the joy and excitement of Krispy Kreme, and we can’t wait to open the doors in Peterborough later this summer.”

She added: “It will allow customers to see and smell the magic at work in its unique doughnut theatre – a true sensory experience.”