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New Gainesville doughnut shop gets initial OK
A proposed new doughnut shop got the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s approval Tuesday night.

A proposed new doughnut shop got the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s approval Tuesday night.

The board voted unanimously to recommend annexing about a fifth of an acre at the corner of Shallowford Road and Albert Street into the city limits to make room for the 1,200-square-foot business.

Masy Seng is seeking to put Ray’s Donuts on Shallowford Road next to the Regions Bank.

Seng helped his nephew, Danny’s Donuts owner Andy Nuon, start his popular Gainesville doughnut shop last summer. Seng also has Ray’s Donuts locations in Buford and Marietta.

“Most of the (locations) that I know about are very good for their communities,” said Gainesville Realtor Kelly Moore, who helped Seng with Danny’s Donuts, to the planning board. “We’d be happy to live with the conditions that have been set.”

City planning staff recommended approval of the request, with three conditions: an 8-foot tall fence between the shop and a neighboring home, no signs on Albert Street and limited access along Albert, which could include an exit from the shop “only upon review and approval by the public works director.”

The matter now goes before the Gainesville City Council on April 4. If all goes smoothly, Seng has said he hopes to open the shop by May or June.

The family-owned store would also have breakfast items such as bagels, croissants, muffins and coffee and be open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seng said heavy traffic in the area, with Lowe’s, Lakeshore Mall and other stores nearby, will help Ray’s Donuts be successful.

Nuon previously told The Times his uncle helped him select Gainesville as his Danny’s Donuts location after the family first ran a doughnut shop in California.

“I did two years of research with my uncle going all over Georgia,” he said. “Gainesville, yes, has doughnut shops like Dunkin’ Donuts, but family-owned? There is none. So we’re going to put the first one here.”