Winchell's Donuts

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Winchell's Donut House, Inc.
GenreFast casual
FoundedOctober 18, 1948; 74 years ago (1948-10-18) in Temple City, California, U.S.
FounderVerne Winchell
Number of locations
Area served
6 western states, Guam, Saipan, Saudi Arabia
Key people
Bob Zanolli (President)
ParentDenny's (1972–2004)
Yum Yum Donut Shops, Inc. (2004–present)

Winchell's Donuts House is an international doughnut company and coffeehouse chain founded by Verne Winchell on October 8, 1948, in Temple City, California.[1] Currently, there are over 170 stores in 6 western states, as well as Guam, Saipan, and Saudi Arabia. Several stores also operated in Nagoya, Japan in the past, with most stores located inside Uny supermarkets, as Uny Co., Ltd. was the master franchise holder in Japan. It is headquartered in the City of Industry, California.[2]


Vintage sign and logo styling

The chain's slogan is "Home of the Warm 'n Fresh Donut," and it claims to be the West Coast's largest doughnut chain. It also offers its customers a 14-doughnut dozen, as opposed to the standard baker's dozen of 13.[2]

In 2004, Winchell's was purchased by Yum-Yum Donuts, a company which operates 70 donut shops under its own name, but continues to operate Winchell's shops under their name.[3]

In the early 2000s, Winchell's closed its shops in Portland, Oregon and they were replaced by "Heavenly Donuts".[citation needed]

In 2005, it withdrew from the Kansas City area, and most locations became Krispy Kreme.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hernandez, Greg (September 30, 1999). "Winchell's Gears Up for Doughnut War". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Home". Winchell’s Donut House. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  3. ^ Wotapka, Dawn (August 13, 2004). "Yum Yum to Devour Winchell's Doughnuts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014.

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