Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced Monday that the store on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke will not reopen following a fire in the building’s attic Thursday evening.
In a news release, a spokesman said the company will seek a new Roanoke location for a Krispy Kreme store, but no location or opening date is known at this time. The Melrose Avenue store was more than 55 years old.
About 50 employees will be impacted by the closure, the release said, but some will be assigned to other stores. The closure will not interrupt delivery of doughnuts to grocery stores and convenience stores in the Roanoke Valley that currently sell the product.
Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a fire call at the shop at 4141 Melrose Avenue NW about 7:45 p.m. on Thursday. Deputy Chief Ralph Tartaglia said smoke was coming from the eaves of the building when firefighters arrived. The blaze was under control within 15 minutes and nobody was injured, but the building sustained about $100,000 in damage.
Roanoke Fire-EMS spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury said the fire was caused by an electrical failure in the attic.
I just wrote about this store when I did a 75th anniversary story about Krispy Kreme in October 2012. I think my grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave right now.
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