The “hot light” is gone. Krispy Kreme on 280 closes.

The shuttered Krispy Kreme on Highway 280. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Tell me it’s not so. How would Santa let this happen? So I had to see it in person. 

The Krispy Kreme on Highway 280 in Hoover has closed. The “hot light” has been turned off.

News About Krispy Kreme Closing on 280

Late Monday evening, Bham Now staff had spotted a Facebook post on What’s Happening on 280 showing construction paper covering the windows from the inside. On Tuesday morning, I drove down 280, after rush hour to see if it was true.  

When I arrived at the Krispy Kreme location, it definitely looked closed. There was even a dumpster in the back of the parking lot with store posters and local event flyers.

Hoping for a Christmas miracle, I canvassed  Krispy Kreme’s neighbors. 

The hostess at Big Bad Breakfast was unaware of the closure and crestfallen when I informed her. Even the hair stylist at the Great Clips was surprised to see the popular donut shop shuttered.

Final Confirmation

Finally, late on Tuesday, the Birmingham Business Journal confirmed what I had seen in person with a comment from a company spokesperson.

“As we continue to implement our omni-channel model to better serve our guests and achieve long-term growth, we have closed our location at 5357 Highway 280 in Birmingham, Alabama.”

No Christmas miracle.

It does look like the popular Krispy Kreme on the 280 corridor is a victim of a round of closures and restructuring that were announced this past summer by the corporation.

Two Locations Remain

Krispy Kreme
Office hero. (Bham Now)

The good news?

There remains two other Krispy Kreme storefronts in the Birmingham metro area — the East Lake  and Highway 31/Patton Chapel locations.

Mainstays in their community, let’s hope they can keep the “hot light” on.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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