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The experiential installation will offer a behind-the-wheel tour of the interior behind the scenes and the place for the iconic brand to develop
October 28, 2021 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Shipley Do-Nuts, the iconic Houston-born donut store brand, celebrates its 85th anniversary with a first scoop on October 28 for its new 60,000 square foot business head office in Cullen and Gulf Freeway in Houston. The site is well known to Houstonians as the location of the former flagship showroom of Finger Furniture and, before that, Buff Stadium, home of the Houston Buffalos of minor league baseball from 1928 to 1961.
The state-of-the-art facility, slated to open in the last quarter of 2022, will feature a fully functional Shipley Do-Nut flagship store with indoor drive-thru the building that will provide a unique behind-the-scenes look in the making of “The World’s Greatest Do-Nut”. The headquarters will be named LW “Bud” Shipley Jr. Support Center, in honor of the son of founder Lawrence Shipley, who grew the brand from a local family business to a chain of nearly 200 locations.
“Bud Shipley was the visionary behind the initial growth of the business, and it is only fitting that our new support center, which we are building to accommodate our growing business, bears his name,” said Clifton Rutledge, CEO of Shipley Do-Nuts. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by opening our head office for our next 85 years. “
The two-story building will house the new state-of-the-art yeast and donut mix manufacturing plant and donut innovation center, as well as offices for approximately 130 people. It will replace Shipley’s long-standing Houston headquarters on North Main Street, which the company has occupied for over 40 years and has since grown too large, with some employees now working in several additional buildings in the area. Shipley has added some 60 corporate employees over the past two years.
The fast-growing brand, now with more than 330 locations, has franchise commitments in place to open an additional 300 over the next five years in Texas and the Southeast. It is actively recruiting additional franchisees in new and existing markets, with a focus on increasing its presence in Colorado and Oklahoma. Houston-based Lovett Commercial is the developer of the LW “Bud” Shipley Jr. Support Center project, and Bill Higbie is the builder.
SOURCE Shipley Do-Nuts
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