Those famously glazed Krispy Kreme donuts | Photo: hellogiggles.com
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 || By Michael Romain || OP-ED || @maywoodnews
Krispy Kreme, the popular donut brand with more than 1,000 stores scattered across the globe, is coming back to the Chicago area after having shuttered most of its stores here during the recession nearly a decade ago.
The Chicago Tribune reported on Aug. 15 that the company broke ground Monday on a store in the city’s Homewood neighborhood. It’s the first of eight Krispy Kreme locations slotted to open throughout Cook County in the coming years.
One franchisee, Chicagoland Restaurants LLC, is seeking to open another two Krispy Kremes by 2017, but it doesn’t yet know where.
Chicagoland’s operator, Carlos Larcada, told the Tribune that he’d first look at somewhere in the suburbs before turning his sights to the city.
“Suburban areas are more ideal for Krispy Kreme’s ‘factory stores,’ those that produce the doughnuts on the assembly line visible to customers,” the Tribune reports. “Those shops will then serve as the base to supply the eight stores and possibly some other retail outlets that will sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts again.”
Larcada noted that he’s had a hard time finding land, especially in the city, where high-end competitors like Glazed & Infused and Stan’s Donuts have stepped into the market Krispy Kreme left behind.
Enter somewhere in Proviso Township like Maywood, which, I’d imagine, has more land than what’s available in the city while having none of the city’s competitors waiting to lure away potential customers with a dozen gourmet donuts selling for the cost of two haircuts.
If no one has done it yet, someone should give Lacarda a call and tell him to at least consider the possibility. But who knows? Maybe he already has. VFP
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The Maywood Old Timers Picnic || 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. || Maywood
Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, the Maywood Old Timers Picnic has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.
This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).
Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.
Safe Summer Music in the Park || 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. || Maywood
Attendees at the annual Old Timers picnic will get to indulge in free live music starting at 5 p.m. Performers will be setup on the village’s historic gazebo. The smooth sounds are sponsored by the village’s Safe Summer Initiative.
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