The Krispy Kreme franchise is exiting Houston next month. For now, anyway.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is exiting the Houston market after reaching an agreement with its Houston franchisee, Lone Star Doughnuts.
The five Houston-area stores will cease operations on March 8, as will the location in Beaumont.
Lone Star Doughnuts said Thursday that it will launch its own brand of doughnuts as soon as Krispy Kreme closes. And Krispy Kreme said it plans to reopen stores in Houston, but didn’t say when.
Lone Star’s new brand, Jumbles Dough Factory & Coffee Bar, will be in the same six locations, selling doughnuts, kolaches and coffee beverages in a softer setting, said Dan Brinton, Lone Star’s chief operating officer.
My place of employment was primarily a Shipley’s shop in the pre-Krispy days. Once in awhile you’d see a Dunkin Donuts box, but for the most part if someone brought donuts to work, they were from Shipley’s. Once Krispy Kreme entered the scene, however, that was just about all you ever saw. It was a near-total takeover. Which is a bit funny, now that I think of it, because there are at least two Shipley’s locations near my office and no Krispys, at least according to the included map. I think on the whole I preferred Krispy Kreme, though there are some specific donuts that I think Shipley’s does better. Houstonist begs to differ, while Sue is not happy about this at all.
Not that this has any bearing on the situation at hand, which has to do with a nasty franchisee lawsuit. Tom’s been following all this – his posts on the subject are here. I just like donuts. So there.