1989 photo of the Independence Blvd location
Before Krispy Kreme began their unchecked growth (expansion into new markets, grocery stores, convenience stores), their presence in Charlotte was more like a coffee shop. At all hours you would find people sitting at the long counters having a doughnut and coffee--taking their time and enjoying the experience. Charlotte had two primary locations (this was in addition to the earliest location at 900 W. Trade St). The most famous location was at the intersection of Independence Blvd and Hawthorne Lane. The building (at night) would be all lit up--beckoning to all who drove by. The other location was on South Blvd at Marsh Rd (a later location would pop up on Wilkinson Blvd as well as one on Albemarle Rd in the mid-80's). The '90's would find all of these locations gradually closing and replaced by smaller, more impersonal carry-out locations.
REVISIONS -- 8-9-2008