1937

We opened our doors

Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores.

1944

Birth of the Display Case

After the war, a showcase was designed for this space. The top served as the counter. Since cake doughnuts and cake sticks were made as well as yeast doughnuts, an attractive display could be made of the variety. The display case is a feature you cannot miss when entering our stores today.

1945

Original Glazed

While times had changed a lot, the company’s signature Original Glazed Doughnut stayed the same.

1955

Bowtie gets Trademarked

The Krispy Kreme bowtie logo is trademarked with familiar green and red colouring.

1989

First Retail Store

The first retail-only store is opened which brings the doughnuts out to the customer on the 180 curve production line. This first location is on High Point Road in Greensboro, NC.

1992

Birth of the Hotlight

The ‘Hot Now’ light was developed. When the light is glowing it means we are making fresh doughnuts. So when you see the light, come in and try one of our signature Original Glazed® doughnuts hot.

2015

1000 Stores Worldwide

We opened our 1000th store in 2015 in Kansas City, KS, USA. A massive milestone for the brand.

2018

New Zealand Launch

Our famous doughnuts are now available in New Zealand. The new store opened February 2018.

September 2018

Ireland Launch

We launched our brand new, record breaking Theatre Store in Blanchardstown.