By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER – The vacant space at 50 Main St. appears destined to abound with the aroma of fresh coffee and doughnuts by spring.
Heav’nly Donuts plans to open its 12th shop at that location by March or April, according to Chris Kombouras, whose family owns the chain.
“We are finalizing the layout,” Kombouras said. “We want to do it right.” The newest Heav’nly Donuts will have a fireplace, he said, to promote a “warm and cozy atmosphere.”
There will also be an outside patio where people can enjoy their coffee during the warmer weather, he said. Kombouras owns the building, which contains A and M Appliances and a couple of apartments upstairs.
Kombouras has been working with the inspectors and other town officials to get the necessary approvals.
“They’ve been great to work with so far,” he said of the building authorities. “We want to do it right.”
Heav’nly Donuts was founded by George and Elaine Saragas, Kombouras’ parents-in-law, in Methuen in 1975. The family has opened additional shops in Bradford, Haverhill, Lawrence, Wilmington, North Reading, Brentwood, N.H. and Salem, N.H.
They opened their second shop in Methuen, on Pelham Street, only a few days ago, Kombouras said. He added that when he and his wife are ready to get the North Andover shop running, they’ll have a grand opening.