Krispy Kreme, a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, is rolling out its iconic doughnuts to the Windy City with the opening of its first Downtown Chicago location in the Loop at Block 37 in early October.
“After reestablishing the Krispy Kreme brand in Homewood, Evergreen Park and Hillside, we have found the perfect spot for our first Chicago Fresh Shop in Block 37 for the city’s commuters, locals and visitors,” said Carlos Larcada, President of Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC. “We’re finally giving Chicagoans what they have been waiting for – a downtown location to satisfy their Krispy Kreme cravings."
Krispy Kreme, a doughnut with Southern roots, traces its beginnings to 1937 when it opened its first location in Winston-Salem, N.C.
As time went on it expanded throughout the south eventually coming north to Chicago and other northern locales in the 1990's and then further north to Canada.
When Krispy Kreme doughnuts first hit the Chicago market, opening a location in the late 1990's in Summit, they became an instant must have--almost as big a deal as the Cabbage Patch Kids a decade earlier--with people driving miles to get the elusive doughnuts to bring to a variety of events from after game treats for high school sporting contests and Little League to kids birthday parties, fundraisers and backyard BBQ's.
The chain continues to grow with more than 1,000 retail shops in 24 countries as well as locations in many local groceries. But surprisingly, not in Downtown Chicago.
The Chicago Fresh Shop – owned and operated by Chicagoland Restaurants LLC, franchisee of Krispy Kreme – is the first of its kind in Illinois and marks the fourth of eight planned Krispy Kreme shops in the Chicagoland area.
Construction will begin this month. The shop will be located on the Pedway level of Block 37, a central shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and be accessible by both the CTA Red and Blue Lines.
Doughnuts will not be made on site so no "Hot Now" alerts. Instead fresh doughnuts will be supplied twice daily to the Chicago Fresh Shop. The shop will offer Krispy Kreme’s signature Original Glazed® doughnuts, assorted doughnut varieties, along with coffee and frozen beverages. Online ordering and delivery will also be available.
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