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Wichita doughnut store is closing, but its owners have found a high-profile new spot

The owners of Paradise Donuts are closing their shop on West Central but opening one downtown.
The owners of Paradise Donuts are closing their shop on West Central but opening one downtown.

The owners of a west Wichita doughnut shop will close the store in a couple of weeks.

But a couple of weeks after that, they'll have a shiny new shop in downtown Wichita.

Marilyn Wright and husband Hervey Wright III, who own the Paradise Donuts stores at 3107 W. Central and 10607 W. Maple, said they are closing down their West Central store at noon on July 1.

Not long after the original shop closes, a new Paradise Donuts will open in the former 86 Cold Press site inside The Renfro at 612 E. Douglas. The spot became free when 86 Cold Press owner Austin Dugan recently vacated it and moved his juice store and cafe to a larger space at 600 E. Douglas, a few doors to the west.

Marilyn Wright said that the space was ideal, particularly because of the Naftzger Park expansion across the street. Being a part of downtown revitalization sounded like fun.

The couple also like that the new Cargill building is not too far away and that more and more apartment dwellers are living nearby the spot.

The West Central store opened in 2010, and the Wrights took it over in 2012. They opened the West Maple Paradise Donuts in 2013.

Paradise Donuts is known for serving both cake and raised doughnuts and its menu also includes items like biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and sausage rolls. The West Maple store has a drive-through that's open all night after 11 p.m.

Marilyn Wright said the couple also is considering expanding to the far-east side of Wichita.

I'll let you know when the downtown store is ready to open.

The Wichita Eagle was one of the first stops on Hurts Donut creepy delivery route.

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