Winchell's Donuts

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TypeSubsidiary
FoundedOctober 18, 1948 (1948-10-18)
Founder(s)Verne Winchell
HeadquartersIndustry, California
Number of locations170+
ProductsDoughnuts
Owner(s)Yum-Yum Donuts
 
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TypeSubsidiary
FoundedOctober 18, 1948 (1948-10-18)
Founder(s)Verne Winchell
HeadquartersIndustry, California
Number of locations170+
ProductsDoughnuts
Owner(s)Yum-Yum Donuts

Winchell's Donuts is an international doughnut company founded by Verne Winchell on October 8, 1948, in Temple City, California.[1] As of 2006, there are over 170 stores in 12 western states, as well as Guam, Saipan, and Saudi Arabia. Several stores also operated in Nagoya, Japan in the past, with most stores located inside the Uny supermarkets, as Uny Co., Ltd. was the master franchise holder in Japan. It is headquartered in City of Industry, California.

Winchell's Donuts on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

The chain's slogan is "Home of the Warm 'n Fresh Donut," and it claims to be the West Coast's largest doughnut chain. It also offers its customers a 14-doughnut dozen, as opposed to the standard baker's dozen of 13.

Winchell's makes over 70 varieties of doughnuts, including raised doughnuts, cake doughnuts, buttermilk doughnuts, twists, and jelly doughnuts. Other baked products include croissants, cinnamon rolls, bagels, muffins, and scones. No animal fat is used either as an ingredient or for cooking their fried dough products. A large beverage selection is also available at each location, which includes a house blend of coffee made from dark roasted Arabica beans. Hot and frozen cappuccinos, orange and apple juice, milk, tea, and soda are also available.

Winchells was previously owned by Denny's, the large restaurant chain.

In 2004, Winchell's was purchased by Yum-Yum Donuts, a company which operates 70 donut shops under its own name, but continues to operate Winchell's shops under their historic name.[2]

In 2005, it withdrew from the Kansas City area, and most locations became Krispy Kreme.

Winchell's in popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ Yancey, Philip (2000). Reaching for the Invisible God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. p. 223. ISBN 0-310-23531-6. 

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