SF’s Only Krispy Kreme Donuts Has Closed Permanently
We can’t glaze over how COVID-19 is still causing restaurant closures across the city, but this one really leaves a hole in our hearts. The San Francisco Business Times reports that San Francisco’s only Krispy Kreme donuts location has permanently closed. The Krispy Kreme franchise was in Fisherman’s Wharf at 353 Jefferson Street (at Leavenworth), and had been open for barely just three years.
bad bad news y'all. I found out from @lexbarreira's sf bus times article that the only krispy kreme in the city, which is spitting distance from me, is CLOSED! I unknowingly got donuts twice in their last week open AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT! I'm devastated.https://t.co/L3r2Qx0xtR pic.twitter.com/JcdIMrcf9s
— natasha (@thefriscobay) March 1, 2021
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The Business Times had noticed a “Store Closed” sign taped to the door, and confirmed with Krispy Kreme’s national parent company that the permanent closure is indeed real.
“Unfortunately, yes, we have had to close this location,” a company representative told the Business Times. “It’s multiple factors of which declining tourism since we opened three years ago and the pandemic are a part. We’re sad about it.”
— Candice Dayoan (@candicecd) August 25, 2018
The location had previously been a Hooters, and opened in late 2017 in a little Fisherman’s Wharf pedestrian plaza called Anchorage Square. The Business Times reports that several chain restaurants and tourist traps in Anchorage Square are also suffering. “The Subway location at 333 Jefferson St. has its windows covered with plastic while the interior of City Segway Tours next door is emptied out completely,” according to the Times. “Both businesses’ phone numbers were out of service as of Sunday.”
— J Bonadio (@joecontent) January 3, 2018
Despite its cult status, Krispy Kreme is not a local or California thing. Krispy Kreme was founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and eventually spread across the country. There are still a few remaining Krispy Kreme donut shops in the Bay Area, including Daly City and Concord.