Krispy Kreme, the doughnut retailer, is to join the first standalone Harvester in the North East, Toby Carvery and Starbucks at the MetrOasis development in Gateshead, with the opening of a 4,000sq ft drive thru Hotlight store, which will be its 50th opening in the UK. The Hotlight format, one of which is in every region, allows customers to see the doughnut making process taking place from start to finish. Krispy Kreme joins Starbucks who will open a standalone 1,800sq ft drive thru unit and Mitchells & Butlers a 5,100sq ft Harvester restaurant - their first new build Harvester in the North East - and a 4,050sq ft Toby Carvery. MetrOasis was originally granted planning last summer and work began in January. It is due to be completed in the autumn and will create 230 new jobs. Judith Denby, chief marketing officer at Krispy Kreme, said: “We've seen long standing demand for a store in the North East from our fans in the region so we're delighted to be part of the MetrOasis development. MetrOasis is a fantastic location for what will be the 50th Krispy Kreme in the UK. The Hotlight Store will feature Krispy Kreme's famous Doughnut Theatre, which enables customers to watch doughnuts being made right before their eyes and will produce over 100,000 fresh doughnuts a week, creating 80 new jobs for the region.”