The historic Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location that's owned by NBA star Shaquille O’Neal could be headed for demolition.
The Ponce De Leon Avenue donut shop has served Midtown Atlanta for more than five decades. It went up in flames in February, shortly after midnight. Firefighters said at the time that no one was injured in the overnight blaze.
As Atlanta residents expressed sadness at the news of the damage to the iconic Krispy Kreme store, Shaq, who bought the Krispy Kreme shop in 2016, told 11Alive at the time that “we will bounce back better than over.”
But before the shop could bounce back, a second fire broke out. Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez Stafford confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the property was secured — with no progress rebuilding it from the first fire — when the second incident happened on July 7.
Now, online records show that permits have been filed with the City of Atlanta to tear the Ponce De Leon Avenue building down. Demolition costs are expected to reach about $50,000, What Now Atlanta reported Tuesday (July 27). The city told 11 Alive on Wednesday (July 28) that reviews of the permits remain pending.
Authorities haven’t managed to arrest the arson suspect in connection with the first fire, the Journal-Constitution noted. The second remains under investigation.