A drive-thru runs through it.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary, Houston-born doughnut and coffeehouse franchise, Shipley Do-Nuts, has broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility in Houston slated to open imminently. [Featured image: @Shipley Do-Nuts]
Located at the Gulf Freeway and Cullen in the former Finger Furniture flagship showroom, the new corporate headquarters plans to house office space for some 130 people, a doughnut innovation center, as well as a manufacturing facility.
The massive new two-story building, which will replace their current headquarters on North Main Street, also plans to feature a fully functional Shipley Do-Nut shop, as well as an innovative drive-thru planned to run through the building so patrons can get a firsthand look into the doughnut-making process.
Before the location belonged to Finger Furniture, it was the stadium for Houston’s former minor league baseball team, the Houston Buffalos.
The L.W. “Bud” Shipley Jr. Support Center, named after the son of Shipley Do-Nuts’ founder, Lawrence Shipley, is slated to open in the last quarter of 2022.
“Bud Shipley was the visionary behind the company’s initial growth, and it’s only fitting that our new support center, which we’re building to accommodate our growing company, be named after him,” said Shipley Do-Nuts CEO, Clifton Rutledge.
“I can think of no better way to celebrate our birthday than by breaking ground on our headquarters for our next 85 years.”
Shipley Do-Nuts presently has over 300 franchised locations in 10 different states. Earlier this year, the former family-run business announced that it would be selling to Austin-based private investment firm, Peak Rock Capital.
Shipley was founded in 1936 in Houston, Texas by Lawrence Shipley Sr. and Lillie Shipley.