Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Dunkin Donuts Wins War
When I was told by a customer that the Green Brook Friendly's had closed only for redecorating since the franchise was purchased back by the mother company, I was relieved... three decades of my life involve its yummy ice cream (I still miss the "Peppermint Stick" flavor circa 1974-82). That relief was shortlived when I discovered that the Brick Krispy Kreme is no more.
Sunday, we were on our way back from sledding (first time I ever went sledding... and it's in Ocean County. Who would have thought that Bayville would have more snow than "Central Jersey"?) and Lucky needed a cuppajoe, the perfect excuse for a Krispy Kreme outing. We went on Rt. 70 and saw the sad sight. A boxy building with its signage, interior and exterior stripped.
According to the Asbury Park Press, the only NJ Krispy Kreme store was closed a few weeks before Christmas. Apparently the Philadelphia area stores (I guess that includes the Brick store) weren't doing well financially.
Do Jerseyans not understand the importance of the red lit donut sign? There is such a difference between a supermarket/gas station packaged KK donut and a fresh off the presses one. Plus you can't get all the different flavors (granted the original is the best... that's why they made up our wedding cake). Oh well, I guess the t-shirts that we got 5:30 AM on opening day three years ago will be collector's items!