Krispy Kreme departs Southland
December 20, 2012 5:28PM
Updated: January 22, 2013 6:26AM
Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has closed its remaining Southland location, in Midlothian.
Calls to the store, 14747 S. Cicero, are received with a recorded message informing customers the shop has closed, and that their call is being forwarded to the chain’s only location in the Chicago area, in Elk Grove Village. It was unclear when the Midlothian location closed.
Krispy Kreme has two other shops in Illinois, in Bloomington and Fairview Heights.
The North Carolina-based chain opened its first Chicago-area store, in Summit, in 1998, and at first, the shop could barely turn out enough of Krispy Kreme’s signature glazed doughnuts to meet demand. Long lines were commonplace, and some 15,000 people a week streamed through the store following its debut. The Summit shop reportedly rang up $5 million in sales the first year it was open.
The company that operated 21 Krispy Kreme stores in Illinois, including the Chicago-area locations, Indiana and Missouri filed for bankruptcy in September 2007 and sold off most of its stores.
The Summit location later closed. Initially, the building was sold to Fifth Third Bank for $2.2 million. A Krispy Kreme on Chicago’s Southwest Side, at 4455 S. Pulaski Road, also closed a few years ago.