Doughnuts Anyone?

South Africa is turning into a popular landing spot for international franchise brands to establish themselves before heading on north into the rest of Africa.

Doughnuts Anyone?

Swift on the heels of Pizza Hut and Domino’s is another imminent arrival, US doughnut brand Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme opened its 1 000th store recently and was founded in the US in 1937. It has since expanded to countries including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Russia, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the UK.

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“We’re excited about bringing joy to South Africa,” says CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts SA, Gerry Thomas. “We’ll be opening 30 South African stores in the next five years.”

The franchise giant has signed a development agreement with KK Doughnuts SA, owned by John & Gerry Brands and Fournews. Fournews is the majority partner and has six other well-known brands in its portfolio including Café Fino, News Café, Smooch, Moyo, illy GO! and Brooklyn Brothers, a soon-to-be-launched pizzeria.


Tracy Lee Nicol
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Tracy-Lee Nicol is the managing editor of Franchise Zone Magazine and deputy editor of Entrepreneur Magazine. She studied her Masters degree in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University and spent the next two years working and travelling in Asia. Her love of people, business and teaching is reflected in telling the stories of entrepreneurs, franchisees and franchisors, inspiring others to take the leap to being their own boss and bringing about positive change in South Africa.

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