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Krispy Kreme Donuts - Are They Disappearing? [moved from L.A. board]

liu Sep 12, 2006 05:34 AM

I just heard that many of the Krispy Kreme stores have shut their doors for good...bummer! Is this really happening?

Someone told me that the shop on Topanga across from Canoga High School is gone, as are several others...does anyone know about this?

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    Chubbypanda RE: liu Sep 12, 2006 06:19 AM

    Liu,

    I don't think they're quite that far gone yet, although they certainly are in trouble.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi...

    http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/...

    They basically overextended themselved during the huge Krispy Kreme fad, right before the low/no carb diet craze hit. Then the company's executives were accused of cooking the books to keep the company's stock price inflated. The closures you're seeing now are signs that the company is struggling to cut low-performing stores and regain its footing.

    - CP

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      ricepad RE: liu Sep 12, 2006 02:23 PM

      The first one to open in the Sacramento (CA) area is closed. I get particular pleasure from this in that it was located within spitting distance from a mom & pop doughnut shop that was there before KK opened...and they're still there. Go, mom & pop!

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        HollyDolly RE: liu Sep 12, 2006 03:25 PM

        Well,the one on Loop1604 near US281 is still open,but the one on Austin Highway in San Antonio is closed.Don't think they have any others in town.Plus,the Walmarts around here also sell Krispy Kreme,so I guess that's why they closed the Austin Hwy store.

        1. ipsedixit RE: liu Sep 12, 2006 03:33 PM

          I hope they go the way of the Dodo bird ... Krispy Kremes are not so much donuts but fried sugared croissants.

          I prefer my donuts more substantial, rustic and chewy.

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            liu RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2006 07:15 PM

            "...the Dodo bird..." I'm laughing!

            Thanks, everyone, for posting your observances, and my special thanks to Chubbypanda for your efforts at citing such specific information on their status.

            I used to see boxes of Krispy Kremes stacked at the entrance of our local Albertson's market; today, there were none.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              monkeyrotica RE: ipsedixit Sep 17, 2006 02:31 PM

              "I prefer my donuts more substantial, rustic and chewy."

              Sounds like what you want is an onion bagel, not a donut.

              KKs are an occasional treat but, like cinnamon rolls or sticky buns, what kind of maniac eats them regularly? However, the KK chain does make the best fresh coffee, unlike Fourbucks. Have yet to have a cup of anything there that doesn't taste like beercan ashtray dregs.

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                JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: monkeyrotica Sep 18, 2006 05:43 AM

                No, ipsedixit wants a Mexican style donut. It has a nice chew, good donut flavor (unlike the dominance of sugar KK has), and looks beautiful with its dusting of granulated sugar.

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                  monkeyrotica RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 18, 2006 12:55 PM

                  Well, to be fair, it is called Krispy Kreme, not Chewey Granulated. I don't understand the complaint that KKs are too soft and sweet. It's like complaining you don't like apples because they're not oranges. Bewildering.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: monkeyrotica Sep 18, 2006 04:14 PM

                    They're neither crispy nor creamy, so I don't see the point of your statement.

                    I don't like them either -- not hot, and certainly not cold. I prefer my doughnuts to have more substance and less sugar.

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                      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: monkeyrotica Sep 18, 2006 07:15 PM

                      It's because their donuts act as little more than a vehicle for the extremely sweet glaze. To me, they're all frosting, no cake.

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                        Woodside Al RE: monkeyrotica Sep 20, 2006 06:43 PM

                        It's because they don't really taste or feel like donuts at all, at least not what I would think of as donuts. There's no real cake to them, just fluffy airy sweet stuff slathered in sugar goop.

                        They had a brief vogue in NYC when they first arrived on W. 23rd St. as some sort of weird Americana. They then built stand-alone shops all over the NYC suburbs that seemed to close almost as fast as they opened. I believe that folks, even folks who really liked them at first, got tired of the insubstantial cakes and that same super sweet sugar taste over and over again. Now you only see their product sitting around getting hard in the case at Starbucks and 7-11, while the good local donut shops and bakeries that outlasted them soldier on.

                  2. re: ipsedixit
                    Davwud RE: ipsedixit Sep 18, 2006 02:23 PM

                    So don't eat them.
                    Don't root for them to go away. Some people do like them you know.

                    DT

                  3. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: liu Sep 14, 2006 08:08 PM

                    The franchisee for Krispy Kreme in Arizona and New Mexico went bankrupt, and every single location closed their doors a month or so ago. KK is looking for a new franchisee, but I don't see it happening any time soon.

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                      liu RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 14, 2006 11:35 PM

                      Thank you for this very specific information...just as we thought!

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                      uptown jimmy RE: liu Sep 15, 2006 05:06 PM

                      I hail from Winston-Salem, NC, where KK originated. We used to go to the 2nd KK ever built (I think), on Stratford Road, all chrome and white tile and little old ladies serving awesome coffee in cups and saucers. That grand old building is gone, replaced by something "modern" and soul-less.

                      It's commonly agreed-upon by those of us who claimed KK as a local tradition that the company was taken over by greedy money-men who thought that "taking a company public" really meant "running it into the ground".

                      I went to the local KK here in Athens, GA last year, and received the worst, most arrogantly rude service I have EVER had, anywhere, anytime. And I vowed never to visit a KK again, which is saying quite a lot for someone raised on that once-great brand.

                      1. TexasToast RE: liu Sep 16, 2006 05:08 PM

                        Well, for what it's worth, when I was in London a few weeks back, it seemed that KK stores were popping up all over the place.

                        TT

                        1. Davwud RE: liu Sep 18, 2006 02:25 PM

                          We had a mad rush on KK up here in the TO area. Hour long line ups to get our hands on the sugary goodness.

                          Two years or so later, they were gone. You can buy them in some stores in boxes but no more "Hot Now"

                          Too bad. I miss them'

                          DT

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                            daluji RE: liu Sep 18, 2006 08:08 PM

                            The health kick really hurt Krispy Kreme. Through knowledgeable sources, I am told that in its heyday, KK was generating about $12 million in revenue. It's hovering around $5 million now. The KK's near me used to have lines at late hours at the drive through. Empty now.

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                              TexasToast RE: daluji Sep 20, 2006 10:35 AM

                              What they've started doing is consolidating operations while increasing distribuiton. They don't MAKE their donuts at every place they sell them at, but they supply a lot more places than they used to.

                              TT

                            2. PaulF RE: liu Sep 20, 2006 07:18 PM

                              The branch in the UCLA student union is gone, too.

                              1. jfood RE: liu Sep 21, 2006 12:31 AM

                                I learned something a long time ago from an executive at my company "As soon as you start believing in your own press, you are doomed." Whether a company, a brand or a person, KK violated this edict. They believed their own press that they were great and could not fail, and fail they did. Anoth poster hit it on the head, the ones up north were poofy circles of tasteless dough with some colored sugar on top. The thrill went away after 3-4.

                                Like Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and collecting baseball cards, the fad went away and true taste replaced hype.

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                                  AquaW RE: liu Sep 21, 2006 10:13 PM

                                  Seems like in LA Beard Papas are the new KK--- ha!

                                  but honestly, like above commenters said, they expanded way too quickly--opening too many stores and making their signature doughnuts available in too many places (every other gas station and supermarket.) And yea, the whole "creative accounting" thing didn't help instill confidence with the company.

                                  But after all is said and done, I think KK will still have a loyal following so probably won't disappear entirely.

                                  And Off-topic, but I just had the most "interesting"/disgusting KK-fried chicken sandwich @ LA County Fair.

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