Retail News: Krispy Kreme Closes two Houston locations

This past week, Krispy Kreme suddenly and unexpectedly closed its two Houston-based locations, 5603 Hwy 6 N, Houston, TX 77084 & 8611 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063. These closures come after years of spotty operation, with multiple changes between franchisees. Long-time Houstonians may remember that Krispy Kreme’s first go in the Houston market ended in 2006, after litigation with their franchisee. Krispy Kreme vowed to come back, and by 2013 were shooting for 10 Houston stores over the next 5 years. The first two stores would not end up opening until late 2015, and would end up being the only two locations built within Houston City Limits. While a third location was planned for the South Loop, it was abandoned mid-construction. The DFW-based franchisee would end up selling all of their stores, including the Houston locations, to the Austin franchisee, who would continue to expand push, this time aiming for the suburbs. At this point, Houston retains three suburban Krispy Kreme locations, in Katy, Humble, and Pearland. The Baytown and Pasadena locations shutdown in 2018 and 2021 respectively.

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