What was supposed to be the greatest Valentine present ever with the return of Krispy Kreme, has now been turned into a dreaded waiting game. Before you place all your angst towards Cupid, blame the city's high number of building permit awaiting approval.
The opening of Houston's first reincarnated Krispy Kreme location at 5611 Highway 6 North has been delayed until the spring. Originally, the North Carolina-based doughnut chain listed a grand opening date of February 17, 2015 on its website, but has since removed it. Opening dates are always a moving target and subject to be pushed back for a number of reasons. In this case, permitting and construction are at the root.
A visit to the Bear Creek location a few weeks ago, one of several doughnut shops to open over the next few years, showed much more work to be completed. While the framing was in place, construction for the the drive-thru and interior remained. Dionna Jeffrey, Director of Operations for Dulce Restaurants LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Sun Holdings — the franchise responsible for bringing the once beloved breakfast pastry to Houston again — confirmed the delay. "We are really excited about Houston and want to make sure we are fully prepared," she stated in an e-mail. The doughnut shop will likely open by late April or May at the latest, providing enough time to finish construction and train staff for the massive crowd that is sure to ascend upon its doors.
Construction setbacks have forced the North Carolina-based doughnut shop to push back its opening date.