Krispy Kreme says buh-bye to Houston


As of March, Houstonians will no longer be able to gorge themselves on the beautiful sweetness that are Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Gone are the days of munching on their warm, gooey Original Glazed doughnuts – the only glazed doughnuts that this particular Metblogger actually enjoys (otherwise, it’s cake all the way baby). Woe is me.

Instead Lone Star Doughnuts, the Houston KK franchisee, is launching its own new brand – Jumbles Dough Factory & Coffee Bar to “…provide… what Texans have been clamoring for for the past eight years.”

The announcement was released after Lone Star sued Krispy Kreme for pressuring it to open new stores and over-charging on equipment and supplies. I’m sure Jumbles will be great, but I still think it’ll be tought to beat Krispy Kreme. So where do I go now? Anyone have any favorite sugar-happy breakfast spots we should know about???

10 Comments so far

  1. Blokk (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    Ummm… You surely know of Shipley’s? There is a reason Krispy Kreme isn’t thriving in the Houston area market as it does in other cities. Shipley’s is that reason.

  2. Hesam (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Oh no!! I can’t believe this..

    Although I’ve enjoyed some (not all) of Shipley’s donuts in the past, I find the presentation of many of their stores to be of lower quality than Krispy Kreme’s.. simply put, a lot of Shipley’s stores are ghetto.

    Besides – they don’t have the conveyor belt!

    I hope this Jumbles place is good…

  3. katya (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    I agree Hesam – I’m not the hugest Shipley’s fan either… Guess it’s time to get more serious about looking into little independent bakeries, which I’ve been meaning to anyway. Argh.

  4. LessCowbell (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    Whatever happened to Dunkin’ Donuts and Southern Maid?

    By the way, Three Brothers Bakery rocks (at Shepherd & W. Gray and in Meyerland on S. Braeswood)

  5. Governor (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Hey you guys…. what about Christy’s Donuts on West Gray? Great plave to hang out and eat donuts and ummm…. eat donuts.

  6. oboy (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    i wish they would open more dunkin donuts stores here.

  7. cybertoad (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

    There is a Southern Maid over by myhouse – Tidwell & 290. They are pretty yummy!

  8. Steve (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 2:17 am

    Shipley’s is ghetto?

    Granted, as a chain, they certainly do not invest as much as KK or DD in branding and store appearance – but how can you consider any other glazed donut other than Shipley’s?

    and they understand Kolache.

    I travel a lot, have ate at a number of DD’s in the Northeast and KK’s in Las Vegas – and I think they are just a cheap chain with a lot invested in presentation.

    Shipley’s has been in my hometown since the 70’s – with the same exact glazed donut being made the same way, every day. The line outside the place in the morning is always long, but the wait is worth it.

    Unless, you are more concerned with how the store looks.

    And I am not one to pay attention to prices, but ordering as much as I can for a family of five and I can’t seem to ever go over $10.

    In the end, it’s all about personal preference, but I was not surprised to hear KK is leaving the Houston market.

    They suck compared to Shipley’s!

    Best regards,


  9. Katie (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    There was a place called Fresh Cut Donuts in Galveston when I was a kid. It was sooo good. I wonder if it is still there. We go to Queen Donut on 18th street, not that great but it is near my house. One of the best is Early Bird on Washington, but they serve KK in addition to their own so I wonder what will happen with that. Ditto on Christy’s. Also, if you need a donut substitute, I love La Guadelupana on Dunlavy. Great pastries and sweet empanadas. I actually get there when it opens sometimes because they always run out of my favorite sweet potato empanadas.

  10. Kara Griser (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    Tell all your Krispy Kreme Friends that Jumbles is going to be just as great if not better than those other doghnuts. you guys will really love it Try it out!

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