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The Krispy Kreme chain has been around since 1937. The company now has stores worldwide. For more, see this website.

Krispy Kreme
Doughnuts [gone]
Akron, OH
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Chattanooga, TN
The Akron Krispy Kreme Doughnuts sign was the oldest one that I know of in existence. It was probably from the 1950s. The company had at least three other sign styles from the 1950s: 1, 2, and 3. Around 2013, this sign in Akron was replaced with a similar modern sign. [map]

The Chattanooga location has an example of their sign that was developed in the 1960s. This location's building from the same time also has a rooftop crown. These crown signs are outlined with red neon. [map]

Krispy Kreme
Louisville, KY
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts [gone]
Hampton, VA
This Louisville location features this old sign. There is no rooftop crown. [map]

This Hampton location had an old building with a rooftop crown. The old pole sign had already been replaced with a modern one when these photos were taken in 2007. In 2016, the building was demolished and replaced with a modern, boxy Krispy Kreme building.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Spartanburg, SC
This Spartanburg building has been vacant since around 2006. There is a new location directly across the street. The vintage location was still vacant as of 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Atlanta, GA
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Albany, GA
This Atlanta location on Ponce de Leon is open 24 hours. I believe this is the oldest location in Atlanta. [map]

This Albany location is another example of the company's older building style with the rooftop crown sign. This location has a modern pole sign. This photo is from 2007. Between 2012 and 2016, the rooftop sign was altered with the company's newer logo. [map]

More Krispy Kreme Signs & Buildings:
Gainesville, FL: 1, 2
Jacksonville, FL [gone]
Pensacola, FL [gone]
Tampa, FL [building still there, sign gone?]
Augusta, GA [adapted]
Macon, GA [sign gone]
Savannah, GA
Fayetteville, NC
Raleigh, NC
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Bristol, TN [gone]
Nashville, TN

If you know of any other old buildings or signs, I'd love to hear about them.

Shipley Do-Nuts was established in 1936 and opened its first retail store in Houston in the 1940s. They now sell 63 varieties of donuts at nearly 200 stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Texas. 86 of these locations are in the Houston area. For more, see this website.

Shipley Do-Nuts
Houston, TX
The Shipley Do-Nuts on Ella Boulevard opened in 1963 and is the oldest location left. The signs are the originals and the only neon Shipley signs that remain. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Shipley Do-Nuts
North Little Rock, AR
Shipley Do-Nuts
Terrell, TX

Shipley Do-Nuts
Tupelo, MS
Shipley Do-Nuts
South St. [gone]
Nacogdoches, TX
Shipley Do-Nuts
North St.
Nacogdoches, TX
Shipley Do-Nuts
Jackson St. Extension
Alexandria, LA
Shipley Do-Nuts
Lee St. [gone]
Alexandria, LA
Shipley Do-Nuts
Beaumont, TX

Shipley Do-Nuts
Vicksburg, MS
Shipley Do-Nuts
Hattiesburg, MS
The North Little Rock location has a plastic and neon pole sign. I have not seen another one like it. The building's mid-century modern roofline looks a lot like the old Tastee-Freez diamond-roofed buildings. The sign and building make me wonder if this was a pre-existing business that Shipley took over. These photos are from 2008. Around 2015, the sign's neon was removed and it was repainted. The building was repainted white and red. [map]

The Terrell location's building appears to be a former Mister Swiss. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tupelo location became Scarlet's Donuts in 2015. The sign was adapted. [map]

The photo of the Alexandria location on Lee St. is from 2007. By 2013, the sign panels had been replaced. [Alexandria Lee St. map]

The Nacogdoches, Beaumont, Vicksburg, and Hattiesburg locations have examples of their later plastic signs. For more, see this website. [first Nacogdoches location photo thanks Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches] [Nacogdoches map]; [Alexandria Jackson St. Ext. map]; [Beaumont map]; [Vicksburg map]; [Hattiesburg map]

Haskell's Donuts
Monroe, LA
Starks Barbecue
Shreveport, LA
Irish Maid Do-Nuts
Fort Smith, AR
This photo of the Haskell's Donuts sign was taken in 2007. By 2013, the sign had been painted white. The sign might have been inspired by Shipley Do-Nuts' signs (see above). There is another Haskell's Donuts in West Monroe, LA with a fun sign. I don't know if it is vintage. There is a third location but it has modern signs. [map]

The Starks Barbecue sign must have originally advertised for a donut shop. Does anyone know what the name of it was? [map]

This Irish Maid Do-Nuts appears to be another adapted or inspired-by Shipley Do-Nuts sign. The shop moved to a mall location sometime between 2010 and when this photo was taken in 2012. This sign was brought along. The Irish Maid Do-Nuts in Pine Bluff, AR has this same style sign. I don't know of any other locations. [map]

Carl's Do-Nut Shop
Pomona, CA
M&T Donut Shop
Compton, CA
Jessie's Donuts
River Oaks, TX
Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop
Haltom City, TX
Carl's Do-Nut Shop's sign might have been inspired by other donut-shaped signs. This one has the wavy edge around the donut like the original Houston Shipley sign above. [map]

The M&T Donut Shop may have opened in 1978. I don't know what the original name on the sign was. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

The Jessie's Donuts also has a slightly wavy edge like the Houston Shipley Donuts sign. Perhaps this is an adapted Shipley's sign? Jessie's has been here since at least the 1970s. [map]

The Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop in Haltom City and Fort Worth have cruller shaped signs. The Haltom City sign has been reworked for the Taqueria El Toro which is located there now. The donut's hole has been filled in and the text panel has been painted over or replaced.

Fox's Donut Den
Nashville, TN
Harlow's Donuts [gone]
Memphis, TN
Fox's Donut Den was founded in 1973. The store moved to this location in 1977. It was then that owner Norman Fox bought this sign for $1,200 from a Harlow's Honey Fluff Donuts in Memphis. The chain had other locations in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and possibly Illinois as well. This vintage photo of Harlow's is from one of their locations in the early 1990s. The name on the sign was changed to Fox's but the rest of the lettering and the Dutch boy were kept. The Fox's sign features animated, rolling neon donut circles which I believe were part of the Honey Fluff sign.

The Fox's sign was removed in 2009 when the strip mall where the store is located was remodeled. There were plans to replace the sign with an updated version. However, support for the old sign was so strong that it was refurbished and reinstalled (bottom photo). For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [Harlow's photo thanks Julie Wilson] [map]

Gibson's Donuts
Memphis, TN
Gibson's Donuts opened around 1973 at this former Honey Fluff Donuts. The sign on the building was originally built for Honey Fluff. It probably had a Dutch Boy originally like the Fox's Donut Den sign above. The donut circles are animated. I don't know if the pole sign was built for Gibson's or was also adapted from Honey Fluff. Both of these signs were repainted around 2009 (first photo from 2007; right photos from 2010). This has been the only Gibson's location. It is open 24 hours a day. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Howard's Donuts
West Memphis, AR
Shelton's Donuts [gone?]
Memphis, TN
This Howard's Donuts in West Memphis opened in the early 1970s as a Harlow's Honey Fluff Donuts. When the Harlow's chain folded in 1982, the name of the store was changed to Howard's. I don't know if this sign was built then or if it was adapted. Howard's opened about six or seven other locations over the years. There are still a few around but they are independently operated now. For more, see this website. [map]

According to a Memphis history expert, the broken sign shown above was located at the site of a former Shelton's Donuts which is long gone. The design appears identical to the Howard's and Gibson's signs but I have not been able to find any evidence of a relationship. This photo is from 2007. I believe the sign is gone now.

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