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Donut Signs (page 5)

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

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
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 Doughnuts
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 2018. 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. By 2017, the rooftop sign was gone. [map]

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

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. The was a neon sign in Laurel, MS which is gone now. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Shipley Do-Nuts
Greenville, MS
This Shipley Do-Nuts sign had neon originally. This location probably opened in the 1950s or 1960s. It is still operating. The sign's lettering was probably like the Houston sign shown above. [map]

Shipley Do-Nuts
North Little Rock, AR

2008:

2019:
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. By 2011, a peaked roof was added on top of the zig-zag roof. The sign and building make me wonder if this was a pre-existing business that Shipley took over. Around 2015, the building was repainted white and red. Around 2017, the sign's neon was removed and it was repainted for Paul's Donuts. [map]

Shipley Do-Nuts
Terrell, TX

Shipley Do-Nuts
Tupelo, MS
2010: 2019:

Shipley Do-Nuts
South St. [gone]
Nacogdoches, TX
Shipley Do-Nuts
North St.
Nacogdoches, TX
Shipley Do-Nuts
McAllen, 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 [gone]
Vicksburg, MS
Shipley Do-Nuts
Hattiesburg, MS
former Shipley Do-Nuts
Laurel, MS
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, McAllen, Beaumont, Vicksburg, and Hattiesburg locations have examples of their later plastic signs. The Vicksburg signs had been adapted for Divine Donuts. For more, see this website. [first Nacogdoches location photo thanks Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches] [Nacogdoches map]; [McAllen map]; [Alexandria, Jackson St. Ext. map]; [Beaumont map]; [Vicksburg map]; [Hattiesburg map]

This modern Laurel location opened sometime between 2008 and 2014. In 2018, the building began housing Garcia Donuts which adapted the sign. [map]

Haskell's Donuts [gone]
Monroe, LA
Starks Barbecue
Shreveport, LA
Irish Maid Do-Nuts
Fort Smith, AR
former
Irish Maid Do-Nuts
Pine Bluff, AR
This photo of the Haskell's Donuts sign was taken in 2007. By 2013, the sign had been painted white. By 2016, the sign was gone. I believe this was originally a Shipley Do-Nuts' sign (see above). There is a modern-looking Haskell's Donuts sign in West Monroe, LA.

The Starks Barbecue sign was probably a Shipley's sign originally. [map]

This Irish Maid Do-Nuts store in Fort Smith opened in 1960. This sign might be be another adapted or inspired-by Shipley Do-Nuts sign. The shop moved across the street to this mall location around 2011. This sign was brought along. [map]

The Irish Maid Do-Nuts store in Pine Bluff opened in 1961. The sign originally had neon. It was adapted for Daylight Donuts around 2018. For more, see this website. I don't know of any other Irish Maid locations with these signs. [map]

Carl's Do-Nut Shop
Pomona, CA
M&T Donut Shop
Compton, CA
Jessie's Donuts
River Oaks, TX
Dutch Maid Donuts
Fort Worth, 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 sign was built in 1959 for Norman's Donuts. When the owner retired in 1978, he sold the shop to one of his employees. The business was renamed M&T Donuts after the new owners, Mattie and Thomas Roberts. The new name was painted onto the sign at that point. The sign is about 10 feet tall. The sign has been dark for many years. The bulbs in the chevron most likely flashed originally. The very top of the chevron has been bent over since around 2011. This photo is from 2013. [map]

Jessie's Donuts has been here since at least the 1970s. The sign has a slightly wavy edge like the Houston Shipley Donuts neon sign shown above. Perhaps this is an adapted Shipley's sign? It does not appear to be a Dutch Maid Donuts sign since the outside is not wavy enough and it has a circular center. [map]

This Dutch Maid Donuts has no identification other than this cruller-shaped donut perched on the corner of the roof and a big sign below it reading "DONUTS". [map]

Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop
Haltom City, TX
2011: 2017:
The former Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop in Haltom City featured the same design as the one above in Fort Worth. Around 2013, the Haltom City sign was reworked for Taqueria El Toro. The donut's hole was filled in and the text panel below was replaced. [map]

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