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January 19, 2006

Krispy Kreme closing NOW!

Krispy Kreme closing its Rochester shop today. So head to Miracle Mile by 6 p.m., if you want the last of Med City's fresh doughnuts from this company.

After all of the hype, it turned out to be a short run. I wonder what George Bayrd, the manager of Miracle Mile, will line up to go into that building.

I wrote about Glazed Investments decision to open in Rochester back in September of 2004.

Here's some from that piece that featured more doughnut-related words per sentence than a Krispy Kreme has calories:

Even the holes taste good! 04/09/2004

Let the drooling begin: Rochester to get Krispy Kreme store

The eyes of Rochester doughnut fans may glaze over this fall.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is coming.

The Krispy Kreme franchisee for this region, Glazed Investments L.L.C., has signed a deal to build a 4,800-square-foot shop at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.

Glazed Investments now will start acquiring city permits and approvals.

The proposed location is south of TGI Friday's restaurant and north of the former Carson Pirie Scott department store.

It will be a standard Krispy Kreme shop with counter service, a drive-through and some limited seating. And, of course, the famous doughnut-making machines that can crank out 220 dozen doughnuts in a hour. This will be the eighth Krispy Kreme store in Minnesota.


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I for one am sad to see Krispy Kreme go. Having moved here from Madison, WI a few months ago, I appreciated seeing a Krispy Kreme in my new hometown.

While I must admit that the location is not the greatest for ease of access with the jig-jag that one must take to get to the store from Route 52, it was nice to have the ability to get the donuts hot and fresh.

I hope that the owners of the store move it to a better location, perhaps at the eyesore that was a Burger King on South Broadway.

The only problem I had with the store was the hours. Having to drop off my wife at Mayo for work at 5 am, it's hard to find a place that serves a drive-thru breakfast at that hour. Same with late night availability. Perhaps the store would have performed better with a 24 hour drive up window.

Like I said, I hope the owners opt to open in a new and more accessible location in the near future.

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