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Will Krispy Kreme Return to the South Bay?

A franchisee plans to open 20 more Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California over the next seven years.

PATCH FILE PHOTO: A Krispy Kreme location opens in Concord, Calif. Photo credit Adalto Nascimento.
PATCH FILE PHOTO: A Krispy Kreme location opens in Concord, Calif. Photo credit Adalto Nascimento.

Doughnut lovers rejoice.

Krispy Kreme announced Tuesday that it will open 20 more shops across Southern California over the next seven years.

“We are thrilled to be growing our business in Southern California,” according to Roger Glickman, CEO of franchise owner Great Circle Family Foods, which already operates 11 Krispy Kreme shops in Southern California.

The only Krispy Kreme location in the South Bay is in Gardena. At one point, Great Circle owned 31 locations, including at least one in Torrance off Pacific Coast Highway.

“This commitment for an additional 20 stores is a reflection of our success with the Krispy Kreme brand, our outstanding system-leading same store sales growth and our confidence in the small factory shop model,” Glickman said.

The new shops will stick with the “small factory” design, and will feature drive-through windows.

Exact locations have not been revealed; however, Glickman told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the new locations would be "all over Southern California throughout seven counties."

The news of the new Krispy Kreme shops comes nearly six months after Dunkin Donuts announced that it would be opening 45 stores—including 18 in the South Bay and Orange County—in 2015.

—City News Service, with additional reporting by editor Nicole Mooradian.

Scott St Pierre January 22, 2014 at 09:22 AM
we just moved here from Boston a year ago, probably won't be in any rush to hit up a dunkin donuts. Artesia Donuts on Artesia Blvd across from Stats has excellent tasting donuts, as does SK Donuts on PCH. I'd hate for these big guys to run out the charming better tasting donut shops. Okay, but if I'm being honest Krispy Kreme's are pretty amazing, but only when that Hot Donut sign is blazing.
bev January 22, 2014 at 07:36 PM
i sure hope so! not only is the finest quality doughnut made, the owners have been incredibly generous with the nonprofits i 'hit them up' for - from homeless shelters to public schools - simply incredibly community-minded. (fyi, my husband's maternal grandfather invented the automatic doughnut machine about 100 years ago - and we are devotees - trust me - krispy kreme makes a VERY good doughnut) -
Gary Van Zandt February 01, 2014 at 07:22 AM
They're already in the South Bay at Artesia and the 110 Frwy

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