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