US firm now says it has no plans confirmed for Scottish expansion
AMERICAN gourmet doughnut maker Krispy Kreme has backtracked on a promise to open its first Scottish outlets this year.
Announcing UK sales of £33.4 million for 2010 the company said “no plans had been confirmed” for expansion into Scotland.
In March last year the business stated it hoped to open in Glasgow and Edinburgh during 2011 as part of a multi-million pound UK expansion drive.
But today it said: "Krispy Kreme is currently opening a succession of new stores as part of its five-year plan to double its presence across the UK; announced in March last year.”
“Cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow would be perfect locations for Krispy Kreme.
“However, at this stage no plans have been confirmed. Rest assured, the people of Scotland will be the first to know when Krispy Kreme comes to town.”
The company currently operates 42 UK stores across the UK and Ireland.
Rob Hunt, Krispy Kreme UK's chief finance officer, said last year: “Scotland absolutely features in our plans. It's very much on the radar: we're looking at sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow as we speak.
“The hope is we will be able to open our first Scottish store during 2011."
The hold up in getting its own stores in Scotland is thought to be due to its closest UK distribution being in Manchester.
Krispy Kreme had looked at setting up its own bakery in the central belt of Scotland to service a network north of the border.
In April this year a planning application was lodged for a drive-thru outlet near Edinburgh's Hermiston Gait Retail Park which would also serve as a manufacturing base.
Councillors are expected to vote on the planning application soon.