West Des Moines-staple Donut King demolished
The Donut King shop in West Des Moines was demolished Monday. Jenea Veazey/Special to the Register
Doughnut-filled memories are all that remain at the former location of The Donut King in West Des Moines.
The shop, located at 220 Grand Ave., was demolished Monday to help make way for new development. It closed for good in March 2016, a few years after Hurd Real Estate purchased the property in July 2013.
The popular shop had also temporarily closed for five weeks in 2015 while owner Lou King recovered from a broken hip.
Richard Hurd, owner of Hurd Real Estate, said the building needed be to torn down because it was out of compliance with city codes.
Some locals took to social media to share their thoughts:
In a previous Register story, King said he was looking for another location nearby where he can reopen his shop. He said he wanted a spot that was around the same size as the old location and had plenty of parking. King began working at Donut King, then called Mister Donut, as a high schooler in 1964.
Loyal customers have helped out by starting a GoFundMe page to raise $100,000 for its new location. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 100 people have donated almost $3,600 in one year.
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