Let's Just Rename Houston Doughnutville: Krispy Kreme Is Returning to Our Fair City

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Photo courtesy Krispy Kreme
How do these stack up against other Houston doughnuts?
Remember back in August when we relayed the Chronicle's initial report that Dunkin' Donuts was planning to open 60 stores in Houston during the next five years?

Well, the doughnut craze is still going strong. This week, the Chronicle reported that Krispy Kreme is making a Houston comeback. The chain closed all its Houston locations in 2006 after Lone Star Doughnuts Ltd. and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. got into disputes over forced expansion and overhead costs.

Thank goodness Krispy Kreme is coming, because I don't think dozens of Shipley Do-Nuts, 60 Dunkin' Donuts and countless other mom-and-pop shops can handle all of our doughnut desires.

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Photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme
When the light is on, the doughnuts are fresh.
Krispy Kreme has signed a franchise agreement with Dulce Restaurants LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Sun Holdings LLC. Guillermo Perales, the president and CEO of Sun Holdings, says he'll begin opening stores in Houston next fall and plans to open ten during the next five years. He thinks Krispy Kreme will succeed in Houston this time around because the shops will focus solely on retail, rather than retail and wholesale, as they did previously.

"With our plans to continue developing the Dallas market now finalized and under way, we are excited by the opportunity to expand our relationship with Krispy Kreme in Houston," Perales said in a statement.

Shipley Do-Nuts and Dunkin' Donuts don't seem concerned about the competition, according to the Chronicle article.

"We believe we can someday have 1,000 Dunkin' Donut restaurants in Texas," said Nathan Pressler, Dunkin' Donuts field marketing manager for Texas and Oklahoma. "And Houston is an important market for our growth plans."

Lawrence Shipley III, president of Shipley Do-Nuts, says the Houston-based doughnut purveyor isn't going anywhere, either. With its 120 locations now open in the greater Houston area, I think it's safe to agree that Shipley is here to stay.

What do you think? Will Krispy Kreme be included on a future round-up of the best doughnuts in Houston?

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Kyle King
Kyle King

Not crispy...not creamy. Shipley's has been here for decades, and ain't going anywhere. Who needs fairweather donut shops?

Jose Alberto Chavez
Jose Alberto Chavez

Fuck Shitley's!!! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts own the doughnut universe!!!

Brenda Rosas-Hernandez
Brenda Rosas-Hernandez

Nancy Rosas I had to do a double take when I saw this yesterday on the news...reminded me of my Saturday mornings on Elvis Presley Blvd. ☕️

Eve Mondragon
Eve Mondragon

Edna Padron we must go when it opens so you can know how delicious it is !!!

Liz Marie
Liz Marie

If ever I did go there I would order, chocolate donuts minus the diabetic shock glaze. In other words like a donut from Shipley's. Nope! Didn't miss them.

Brian Davis
Brian Davis

They arent that good. I prefer Dunkin or Shipley. And then a good workout!

Sandra Puente
Sandra Puente

No. I still have a box of these from the last time they were here.

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

I can feel diabetes setting in. Of course I'm excited they're coming back.

Linda Rogers Weiss
Linda Rogers Weiss

Yes, everybody needs a Krispy Kreme, home of the best doughnuts on the planet. Kathy Stabe said it, "melt-in-your mouthy and one-of-a-kind". That's about as good a description as you can get.

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

Yes, we need it. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are uniquely melt-in-your-mouthy and one-of-a-kind. If I had to choose one, I'll always be a Shipley Do-Nuts girl, but Krispy Kreme is its own kind of delicious.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I don't see KK donuts doing any better this time around. They're simply not very good.

Glenda32
Glenda32

@Bruce_Are 

Agree. And we're already looking beyond the tradional glazed to stuff like Cronuts, Crepes, Kolaches and other breakfast foods. 

johnnydub
johnnydub

@Glenda32 @Bruce_Are  

..and beignets and French crullers and Chinese style donuts. We need Krispy Kreme like we need Ted Cruz.

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