Voodoo Donuts has been granted an emergency permit to open its first Seattle store after months of delays and lawsuits.
The chain’s owner said on Tuesday it was a “no brainer” to open the Seattle store in downtown Seattle.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said the city had asked for the permit for the store to be open by March 1, but the company had been stuck in a legal battle over the permits.
Holmes said in a statement that he would work with the company to move forward with the planned opening of a second store.
Holms said that while he’s confident the company will succeed in opening a second Seattle location, it’s important to remember that the city is a city of over 90,000 residents.
The Seattle City Council has scheduled a public hearing for Monday to review the permit application, and the company is still waiting for the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to approve the permit.
Holes said that if the city approves the permit, it will “provide a safe and comfortable environment for the retail community and the residents of Seattle”.
Seattle is among the first US cities to allow retail establishments to sell donuts, which are baked and topped with chocolate, and have become a staple in Seattle culture.
Voodoo Donut founder and owner Brian J. Fink said the Seattle location would provide a “huge boost” to the local economy.
Fink said that with Seattle’s population under the 50,000 mark, he’s optimistic that the new shop will draw people to the city.
“I think we’re going to see a huge influx of people and an influx of business,” he said.