Winston-Salem, North Carolina: First Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Location

A small plaque set flush with the ground marks the spot where Krispy Kreme forst opened for business on July 13, 1937.

534 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC
Small plaque, flush with the ground, easy to miss. In an empty corner lot in the Old Salem district, on the west side of S. Main St. just north of its intersection with W. Academy St.
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First Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Location

According to a small plaque set flush with the ground, Krispy Kreme was founded at this spot by Vernon Rudolph on July 13, 1937.

[Jody High, 12/27/2022]

The plaque is in the heart of Winston-Salem's "Old Salem" historic district, surrounded by buildings that date to a time long before doughnuts.

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