ORCUTT, Calif. - Shoppers in Orcutt are rallying around a donut shop that said it's taken a hit since the opening of Krispy Kreme.
For the last 31 years, Golden Donuts has been known for its family-friendly atmosphere, and of course their donuts.
since the opening of Krispy Kreme, owner Houth Hak said her business
is taking a hit. During the first week, she said her business lost
dozens of customers.
“I was a little bit upset. We were very slow,” Hak said.
The donut shop owner believes the reason her business lost customers is because some of them wanted to try Krispy Kreme donuts.
Hak believes it's a temporary setback, as customers have been returning.
“Now a lot of people are coming to support us like today. We just sold a lot of donuts,” Hak said.
Customer Leanne Baldwin believes Golden Donuts attracts customers because it's a place where everyone knows everyone.
“You know, the big chains are great. But it's the family atmosphere at the mom and pop shops that you can't get anywhere else,” Baldwin said.
While Baldwin and other customers plan to continue supporting Hak by coming for more donuts, so will she.
“I love the sugar twist. It's light enough and not too sweet,” Hak said.
KCOY 12 reached out to Krispy Kreme for a response. They replied in a statement,
”This is the first we've learned of these concerns and we would like to discuss this more with Golden Donuts. Our number one goal is to give back to the community through fundraising and philanthropic work is at our core.”
Despite Krispy Kreme's big opening, Hak said she's confident that her business will thrive with all the support she's been getting from the community.