Shaq-owned Krispy Kreme in Atlanta ‘was burned down by arsonist’


REVEALED: Shaq-owned Krispy Kreme doughnut shop was burned down by an arsonist and Atlanta cops are offering $10,000 for help finding the suspect

  • Atlanta police are searching for a suspect who they say burned down a historic Krispy Kreme doughnut shop owned by Shaquille O’Neal on February 10
  • Officials are offering $10,000 for help finding the suspected arsonist, who is seen in the security footage wearing a black-hooded jacket with white sneakers 
  • Firefighters saved most of the building. There was damage but no injuries 
  • The Midtown Krispy Kreme was one of the first locations established outside the company’s main bases of operations in Winston-Salem and Nashville
  • Mourners met at the location after Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in April 1968
  • The store opened in 1965 and O’Neal, an avid investor, bought it in 2016 
  • Officials have encouraged anyone with information to call 1-800-282-5804 

Atlanta police are searching for a suspect who they say burned down a historic Krispy Kreme doughnut shop owned by Shaquille O’Neal on February 10.

‘The fire that occurred at @krispykreme Doughnuts (295 Ponce de Leon) on February 10th, 2021 has been determined to be a result of ARSON,’ read a tweet from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Twitter account. ‘We are seeking the public’s help in identifying & locating the suspect in these pictures.’

Officials are offering $10,000 for help finding the suspected arsonist, who is seen in the security footage wearing a black-hooded jacket with white sneakers.

Two employees escaped safely during the blaze, which did not result in any injuries. The building did suffer significant damage.

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Officials are offering $10,000 for help finding the suspected arsonist, who is seen in the security footage wearing a black-hooded jacket with white sneakers

Atlanta police are searching for a suspect who they say burned down a historic Krispy Kreme doughnut shop owned by Shaquille O’Neal on February 10. Officials are offering $10,000 for help finding the suspected arsonist, who is seen in the security footage wearing a black-hooded jacket with white sneakers

Officials have encouraged anyone with information to call 1-800-282-5804

Officials have encouraged anyone with information to call 1-800-282-5804

A firefighter works inside the donuts store with unsold produce still lining the shelves

A firefighter works inside the donuts store with unsold produce still lining the shelves

A firefighter looks at the back side of a burned out Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Atlanta

A firefighter looks at the back side of a burned out Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Atlanta

Firefighters are pictured working at the scene of a fast-moving fire at the landmark store

Firefighters are pictured working at the scene of a fast-moving fire at the landmark store

Battalion Chief Douglas Hatcher said firefighters saved most of the building after the fire started in the back. No injuries were reported.

The Midtown store opened in 1965 and O’Neal bought it in 2016, news outlets reported. 

The Midtown Krispy Kreme was one of the first locations established outside the company’s main bases of operations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

After Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in April 1968, the Krispy Kreme fed mourners by donating 150 dozen donuts to Atlanta churches.

Officials have encouraged anyone with information to call 1-800-282-5804.

O’Neal, the four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer, has promised the doughnut shop will be back.

‘I hope no one was hurt and we will bounce back better than ever,’ O’Neal said in a statement.

‘We and our shop partner, Shaquille O´Neal, are extremely thankful that no one was injured and for the rapid response and outstanding work of the local fire and police departments,’ said Jack Farmer, who represents Krispy Kreme.

‘We are working with authorities to assess the damage and are uncertain at this point how long the shop will be closed,’ he added. 

‘However, we plan to reopen the shop as soon as possible! In the meantime, our Ponce team members will continue to receive full pay while we identify and offer them roles at other area Krispy Kreme shops.’

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