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gtrekker2003 Aug 13, 2007 07:31 PM

Did the UES Krispy Kreme (Third Ave and the E. 80's) close or is it still open? I have a craving but don't want to go all the way for nothing!

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    Suburban Girl Apr 28, 2008 05:12 AM

    All of the Krispy Kreme's in my area have closed also. They opened with such hubbub - lines out the door and off duty policemen were hired to direct traffic. I liked Krispy Kreme, however, I felt like I was giving my teeth an acid bath in sugar. If only there were some way to saran wrap my teeth but leave my tongue exposed for the fatty, sugary goodness. RIP, Krispy Kreme.

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      charlie_b Apr 28, 2008 10:39 AM

      i know they used transfats, and i wonder if their reaction to the transfat ban was to close their stores that sold fresh donuts? i think they were still open when it was passed, and i remember hoping that it would mean that i could get a krispy kreme without transfats in NYC.

      i guess not.

      alekz

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        NYCinephile Apr 28, 2008 02:25 PM

        >i wonder if their reaction to the transfat ban was to close their stores that sold fresh donuts?<

        I believe KK rapidly expanded on the basis of the popularity of its one product line, and then found itself burdened with debt and excessive operating expenses when the tide turned against unhealthy treats. A search of Google News's business section should provide you with more background regarding the company's misfortunes.

        Starbucks now finds itself in a somewhat similar position....

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          nativeNYer Apr 28, 2008 02:39 PM

          I was just gonna reply that this will soon be the fate of Starbucks after I read your first sentence. Very true!

    2. NYCinephile Apr 28, 2008 03:36 AM

      I'm following up on bosox's comment. I walk that stretch of 3rd Ave on the way home from work almost every evening, and haven't noticed that the Krispy Kreme has closed. I'll post an update sometime this week.

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        MMRuth Apr 28, 2008 04:49 AM

        It's definitely closed.

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          NYCinephile Apr 29, 2008 08:12 AM

          As MMRuth says...DEFINITELY closed. It's been replaced by either a shoe store or a yoga studio.

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          Renguin Apr 27, 2008 08:29 PM

          I actually noticed this myself a few months ago. I remember around 2003 or so when krispy kreme exploded and you could find them relatively easily. then they just kind of went away. I looked it up and the only one left is in Penn station. I had their doughnuts a couple of times, but never really stopped in there regularly. evidently no one else did either. I guess some things were just meant to stay in the south.

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            nativeNYer Apr 27, 2008 08:53 PM

            I actually dislike donuts but I LOVED krispy kreme. I'm sure it was pure junk but they were so good, especially those warm originals and the chocolate filled white cream. I had one right down my block that closed over 2 years ago. I tried Donut Planet but nothing compares to Krispy Kreme probably b/c I don't know better.
            Buying them at on-the-run or boxed doesn't even compare by a long shot.

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              ricky7 Apr 27, 2008 09:55 PM

              i remember when they were on east 8th street near university place, like 5 or 6 yrs ago. and then one day they closed. go figure.

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            hamstrman Apr 27, 2008 04:04 PM

            So is there anyplace in New York to get a fresh Krispy Kreme donut anymore? Or are my only options the On-The-Run gas stations and Au Bon Pain? I want the Donut-of-the-month! Does anyplace in New York carry them? I'm pretty sure Au Bon Pain and On-The-Run don't carry them...

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              drumwine Apr 27, 2008 07:48 PM

              Go to Donut Plant on Grand Street....this will "cure " you of Krispy Kreme dough and air posing as donuts.

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                bosox Apr 28, 2008 03:43 PM

                they're not fresh-out-of-the-oven but...duane reade carries krispy kreme (several different varieties)! i happen to frequent the duane reade on broadway/94th street so i know for sure that they have them...i'd imagine other locations do too...

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                  hamstrman Apr 28, 2008 03:46 PM

                  Your response is appreciated. Do they have the "donut of the month" thing that KK does? This month is some Carribbean (mango, pineapple, passion fruit filling) flavored donut with crumb topping.

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                    bosox Apr 28, 2008 03:49 PM

                    i'm actually not sure about that since i very rarely actually purchase krispy kreme. but i know they have at least 6 or 7 different varieties of the donuts at this particular duane reade...might be worth a check?

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              lemonyc Aug 14, 2007 01:32 PM

              there used to be one in chelsea across from the 23rd st movie theater, not sure if its still open.

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                rjm Aug 14, 2007 01:34 PM

                23rd St is gone...

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                  nativeNYer Aug 14, 2007 10:34 PM

                  yup. 23rd has been gone for several years. i think it's a ben and jerrys now.
                  i miss krispy kreme as well. there was also one on w72 near brdwy but gone several yrs ago as well. i'm not a doughnut person at all but those warm originals made me crazy. i'm sure many would disagree.

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                    fsd1116 Apr 27, 2008 08:46 PM

                    Negative k. It was a Ben & Jerry's. B&J is out of business in the 23rd Street location.

              2. LeahBaila Aug 14, 2007 06:42 AM

                Isn't there one in Penn Station?

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                  gtrekker2003 Aug 14, 2007 12:05 PM

                  Yeah, there is one in Penn Station. I hate going to that area though. Went over there today and it was shut down.

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                    MMRuth Aug 14, 2007 12:08 PM

                    I've driven by the UES one and haven't noticed that it is closed, but I'd call first.

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                      bosox Aug 14, 2007 12:22 PM

                      the UES is most definitely closed. the location is gutted and the windows are covered in brown paper, with a 'store for rent' sign in the window. it's been that way for about a week now...

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                        MMRuth Aug 14, 2007 12:23 PM

                        Thanks - forgot that it must have been before I went on vacation!

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