Hot Doughnuts Soon! Krispy Kreme Is Back

The first Philly-area store will open in early November

Back in April, doughnut fans rejoiced when the news broke that a new Krispy Kreme franchisee had been awarded rights to the Philadelphia area (the previous area franchisee went bankrupt back in 2005, leaving fans of the chain in a state of doughnut despair after all of the local stores closed).

Hold on to your cream fillings: the first of the new Philly stores will open in early November in the Northeast section of the city. We spoke with managing partner Brian Zaslow, who’s currently in Krispy Kreme’s training program — doughnut school! — to find out about the new Krispy Kreme and where the next of the 21 locations they’re slated to open over the next seven years might end up. Center City! The Main Line!

While the previous franchisee was more wholesale-focused, Zaslow tells us the new Krispy stores to be retail-friendly. They’ll have free WiFi and a kid’s corner to encourage customers to linger (and a drive-thru, in case they can’t).

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves there,” says Zaslow. “It should be a great customer experience.”

In addition to the original hot glazed — and yes, Zaslow assures us, there will be the all-important “HOT NOW” light prominently displayed, which will be turned on when the glazed doughnuts are being made — Krispy Kreme will serve 15 doughnut varieties. There will also be a full line of coffees and espresso drinks, and other baked products like muffins and bagels, plus they’ll offer catering.

The first location will occupy a former Popeye’s at 7855 Oxford Avenue in Fox Chase. Zaslow says he has a tentative plans for a second branch in Bensalem, but that he’s looking everywhere across the region. “Hopefully, we’ll be in Center City. There’s a great market there,” he said. “We’re anxious to bring stores all over the area.”

How about the Main Line? “Absolutely, we’re actively looking there. I’d like to have a contest eventually on our website to ask folks ‘why should we come to your town?’”

Well, allow the Restaurant Club to help you out. Where would YOU like to see a Krispy Kreme open? Let us know in the comments.

Krispy Kreme, 7855 Oxford Avenue, Fox Chase, krispykremephilly.com

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  • Linda Watts

    UNIVERSITY CITY!

  • BigAl

    Delaware County, PA and North Wilmington, DE

  • http://denisefikedesigns.com DENISE

    Any of the 10 vacant stores between 2nd & 3rd on South Street

  • James

    I second the South St. comment – anything to fill those gaps, and doughnuts would sell great all day long there!

  • Susan

    King of Prussia!!

  • NG

    Soooo excited!!! I was very disappointed when they left the area. I gave never liked Dunkin’ Donuts (yuk) I reside in Chestnut Hill and would drive to Cottman Ave just for a Krispy Krème Donut!! I say Center City; South Street; University City. WELCOME BACK!!!

  • NG

    Soooo excited!!! I was very disappointed when they left the area. I have never liked Dunkin’ Donuts (yuk) I reside in Chestnut Hill and would drive to Cottman Ave just for a Krispy Krème Donut!! I say Center City; South Street; University City….oh yeah…King of Prussia too!!!

  • Gigi

    Wilmington! Please please please please.

  • KOP

    King of Prussia

  • http://KrispyKreme Robin Harris

    Whoo Hoo!!!! Please come to the Mt. Airy/Cheltenham area. Pleeeaaassseee!

  • http://PhillyMag Sharon

    There is nothing that compares to a warm original Krispy Kreme doughnut. CRAZY FRESHNESS! Locations should definitely be in DE and King of Prussia, PA! They will do very well with the new marketing strategies.

  • MEDIA GIRL

    You know you want to come to Media!!

  • Ann Salla

    I have granddaughters salivating, waiting for a KK return to Delaware County. Now there are 2 more,
    5 year old twins, their older sisters explaining to them the finer points of KK’s glazed as opposed to all others.

  • Southern donut lover

    intersection of Limekiln Pike and Glenside Ave in Glenside

  • Michael

    Come over the river – New Jersey needs you! Cherry Hill would be a fine place to start. Like the empty building across the street from my office.

  • Jeremy

    Awesome! bring one to Market East and put the Dunkin out of business, they are the only shop for miles between the Train and City Hall. Just don’t blow up too big too fast or you’ll be outta gas just like last time :( Good Luck! Can’t Wait!

  • Lucy

    Please, please, please open a Krispy Kreme store in Newtown, PA, and in Yardley, PA.

  • http://Philadelphiamagazine stacey

    I live in central jersey, which may not be where you’re thinking. But, I’ll be so thrilled if you find a spot like Cottmann Ave which I drove to every time I was driving home from the airport. It made coming home from vacation a happy time!

  • http://www.krispykremephilly.com Brian Zaslow: Krispy Kreme Philly

    Hello Philadelphia Magazine Krispy Kreme fans:

    Thank you so much for your interest, passion and suggestions. We love Krispy Kreme as much as you do and are happy to bring these delicious doughnuts back to town.

    We are investigating many of the locations you suggested – it will take some time to get there but we will – as long as we are successful at our first location in Fox Chase- I know you all will visit us – make sure you tell your friends!

    Please sign up for email updates on our progress and gradn opening information at http://www.krispykremephilly.com

    Regards,

    Brian
    Krispy Kreme Philly

  • SUE FOX

    Yeah!! Although I’ll gladly drive to Center City or South Philly or Old City for a Krispy Kreme, we would love to have a franchise in South Jersey, Gloucester County…our County is the fastest growing County in the State so…come on Krispy Kreme!

  • LLOYD PESKIN

    i own the location at 733 Montgomery Ave Narberth, L ower Merion.Township Which would be a perfect location for a krispy kreme shop. Their is no donut shops in the area, except for a dunkin on city line near bala ave. THis would be between bala cynwyd and ardmore. Plus montgomery ave.is a main route to the main line. Contact me at 510 457 6296. Lloyd Peskin I could be interested.

  • chris

    Delco area please, use the vacant space from the old gateway computer store on Baltimore Pike. i know you had one in the target shopping center but that was cut off from Baltimore pike. Use the vacant space noted above. i will be there everyday! Get it done.
    thanks

  • http://mckeevr@verizon.net A. M. McKeever

    I would love to see a KK at the King of Prussia Mall. People come from all over to shop at that mall so business should be brisk.

  • doughnutjones

    There’s an empty storefront on the corner of 420 and McDade Blvd. in Ridley township, Delaware county, screaming out for a Krispy Kreme transformation! High volume, high traffic area . . . location location location!

  • carljw

    Maple Glen Shopping Center

  • Kathy “O”

    Check out Hamilton, NJ (Mercer County) please. Our Township is offering business to partake in the following informational tours available to new businesses. Our residents LOVE Krispy Kreme donuts and will keep your staff hopping!

    “Opportunity is Knocking in Hamilton Township” will consist of two, specially-guided bus tours. A morning tour beginning at 8:00 AM with a complimentary breakfast and brief presentation will feature larger-scale commercial sites available across Hamilton, while an afternoon tour beginning at 12:30 PM will include a complimentary lunch and show available retail locations within the town. Both tours will highlight the many existing community assets that make Hamilton such a great place in which to do business.

    Tour-takers will learn about some of Hamilton’s special business zones, which includes a recently created Arts and Cultural District overlay zone, and future land use plans in other areas of the community. Attendees will also receive informational packets filled with demographic information, local market data and broker information for available properties, as well as have the chance to speak directly with members of Hamilton’s Economic Development team, town planners and local land use officials.

    “Hamilton Township is an excellent place to locate your business in and possesses many commercial real estate treasures that are just waiting to be discovered.”

    Check out our website at
    http://www.HamiltonNJ.com/content/893/952/29924.aspx

  • Mike

    How about in Cherry Hill near the mall or the Wegmans?

  • Jessica

    I am very excited about the upcoming Krispy Kreme coming to Philadelphia I recently moved here and was very disappointed to not have one. Germantown would be a great location!

  • Sharyn

    How about opening a Krispy Kreme in Edgewater, NJ?

  • ryan

    i live in NE Philly 5 mins away from fox chase, im so excited Krispy Kreme has returned to my area! The location is weird though, they should of bought back their old location at the roosevelt mall which is now a dunkin donuts which is hilarious in itself. i wish the new store the best of luck, ill def. be there when it opens.

  • Steve

    GEEZ! This is great news, BUT 89¢ a DONUT??? Hate to say it but these little donuts are too overpriced! What a luxury in these hard economic times!

  • Lisa

    Rittenhouse Square!

  • Rem

    O please come in the Exton area…but not inside the mall.