The jutting, Tyvek-wrapped facade of the under-construction Krispy Kreme donut shop at 3055 S. Loop W. has looked like this for a while now, says a reader curious about the store’s progress. Following the North Carolina pastry chain’s complete retreat from the area in 2006 after a lawsuit with its main regional franchisee, the company opened 2 new Houston stores in 2015, though the announced-then-retracted February grand opening date of the Hwy. 6 location turned out to be much more December-ish than originally planned.
Eater attributed the slow-off-the-line opening to permitting delays, though regional franchise manager Guillermo Perales told the HBJ that the delays had to do with fears that the crowds would be too large for the store’s originally-planned infrastructure to handle. As for the South Main store? Posted to the inside of the front window is a highlighted letter from October documenting the donut stand’s theoretical ability to withstand hurricane-strength winds:
The letter, addressed to a city structural inspector, is hanging next to what appears to be a copy of a documentation page showing an equation for converting wind speeds:
The store is under construction along the feeder road east of S. Main, between Taco Bell, Golden Corral, and Keystone Surgery Center:
- The Return of Krispy Kreme To Houston [Eater Houston]
- Krispy Kreme opening four Houston-area stores by end of 2015 [Houston Chronicle]
- Krispy Kreme to exit Houston market in March [Houston Chronicle]
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