Krispy Kreme to lay off 102 workers from Concord facility

CONCORD, N.C. — Charlotte-based doughnut and coffee chain Krispy Kreme is laying off 102 workers, according to a WARN Notice provided to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The address listed for the layoffs is 315 Wilshire Avenue Southwest in Concord, which is the Krispy Kreme Factory.

According to North Carolina Department of Commerce data, the layoffs are permanent and effective May 11. The North Carolina Department of Commerce data says the Krispy Kreme Factory is closing permanently.

The closing Concord facility made the Krispy Kreme snack aisle products, which launched in 2020. Krispy Kreme is exiting the snack aisle business.

“Our fresh daily doughnut business is strong, profitable and growing quickly. This is the area where we are focusing our investments and resources. Because of this, we chose to exit our underperforming, extended shelf-life snack aisle business and cease production at our manufacturing facility in Concord, N.C., where these snack aisle products were made,” a spokesperson for Krispy Kreme said. “We are supporting our affected employees, all of whom are eligible to apply for any open position or for severance and outplacement services. We are grateful to all of them.”

The state received notice of layoffs on March 13.

According to a letter sent to the NC Department of Commerce, all impacted employees will receive their regular pay and benefits through their separation date unless they resign voluntarily or are terminated for a reason unrelated to the facility closure.

Two book keepers, one doughnut decorator, 17 doughnut distributors, 12 doughnut makers, 48 doughnut packers, one general manager, six maintenance workers, one office manager, one production manager, two quality control workers, seven sanitation workers and four supervisors are impacted, according to the letter sent to the state.

Cabarrus Economic Development is working with the company to help employees.

“Whether those displaced last week see this as the time to start their own business, whether they want to fill a job with one of Cabarrus County’s existing businesses or whether they want to pursue one of the thousands of new jobs recruited to our community in the last two years, we foster opportunities that will make a measurable impact in the lives of individuals and families in Cabarrus County,” the agency said.

Some of those jobs are coming from big projects and expansions by Hendrick Motorsports, Red Bull, and Eli Lilly -- all of which are expected to hire hundreds of people in the area.

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Hannah Goetz

Hannah Goetz, wsoctv.com

Hannah is a reporter for WSOC-TV.