Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Did Krispy Kreme Close In Columbia?

Krispy Kreme appears to have closed its Columbia donut store. I have received two emails, plus some confirmation in the comments below. I assume they're talking about the store near Target and the also-closed Expo Design Center.

This has become a week of "opening" and "closing" posts. I need to eat somewhere new this weekend to break the trend. If you are new to HowChow, click for the starting page for my "What I Learned" guide to food in Howard County.

18 comments:

SH said...

Yeah-- there's brown paper in the windows and the sign is down. I just noticed it yesterday.

Brandon Miller - Milhouse44 said...

Glen Burnie is too.

http://www.hometownglenburnie.com/news/Business/2009/08/15-10/Farewell+to+Krispy+Kreme%0A.html

John said...

In addition to the recession, it's just not a donut-friendly environment anymore. I assume they'll still have the Krispy Kremes at the Royal Farms. I don't eat many donuts, and the few I get are from Ms. Desserts and Fractured Prune anyway. I remember the one in Glen Burnie. The only donuts worth eating at Krispy Kreme are the fresh and hot ones (same for Dunkin' Donuts - which is why there's never anything worth eating at Dunkin' Donuts). The one kid that worked there the last time I went - wow, it was last year - was usually pretty clueless about the best way to eat a Krispy Kreme. That's also why I prefer Fractured Prune: they ONLY give you hot donuts.

Katie said...

Read this from Elizabeth Large's blog, Blue Sea Grill is closing in Baltimore. I know someone who worked at Babalu Grill and confirmed that it is now closed.

slideshell said...

soon that shopping center is going to have nothing left - i drive by it all the time but hadn't noticed that it had closed

john - where are you still getting fractured prune donuts? they all closed around here didn't they? which means a trek to college park (if that one is still even open)

pizzablogger said...

i need a Krispy Kreme donut like i need a hole in my head.

@Slideshell: Fractured Prune still has a location in Towson at 6308 York Road. Unless it closed very recently, they are still open.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there still a Fractured Prune in the Halethorpe/Lansdowne area in the same complex as Home Depot?

Jess said...

Break the trend at Mi Casa!

It's one of my favorite restaurants around here, and I can't believe you still haven't eaten there, so I couldn't help myself :)

Katie said...

There is also a Fractured Prune on Harford Road in Parkville.

Bets said...

In Montgomery county, there's a Fractured Prune at Cloverly Shopping Center (home of Greek Taverna, across the street from the big safeway, on New Hampshire Ave, south of 198.)

slideshell said...

@pizzablogger, katie, bets and anonymous - wow! thanks for all the responses, i must say that i rarely leave howard county except to go to visit my parents in PA and to football games in college park so it looks like i'm going to have to do some adventuring in search of donuts

Kim said...

This is super sad. I grew up in Virginia Beach and always had Krispy Kreme available and was so glad to have them up here...

John G. Boyle said...

For the other Fractured Prunies, they just opened a new location in downtown Silver Spring...

Emily said...

noooo! Not krispy kreme! I grew up in NC, eating tons of KK donuts. I can't believe they closed.

Kathy in Elkridge said...

I was very dissapointed in hearing this so I sent a e-mail to corporate on 9/1/09 and responded on 9/2/09 and told me that like any responsible business Krispy Kreme is constantly looking for ways to enhance, innovate and improve-from finding more effective ways to operate, to maximizing the quality of the experience for every one of there customers.
Our company has analyzed our store system with an objective of improving utilization of existing production capacity, optimizing our route structures and eliminating certain factory stores that do not fit the current prototype and business model. Unfortunately this store was one of the stores that did not fit these requirements.
While these changes are challenging, we deem them necessary.
Again, they apologized for the inconvenience this may have caused. And looked forward to serving you again in the future.
I belive they will still have them at the local grocery stores where they were previously, I know that Harris Teeter's has them on a table by there milk area over in King's Contrivence in Columbia. And I believe that the Royal Farms still has them. I hope this is informative to everyone. Kathy in Elkridge

Pat Hiban said...

Just drove by last night and noticed it.

Pat Hiban said...

Just drove by last night and noticed it. Was getting ready to write a post on hibantellsthetruth.com

Gayadnu Sesom said...

I still get shivers when I drive by even though it's SECU now. They could have at least taken down the trademark green Krispy Kreme overhangs.