- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines doughnut shop has closed its doors after operating for nearly five decades.

KCCI-TV (https://bit.ly/1U1lD0F) reports that Hurd Real Estate bought the land that Donut King sits on a few years ago and plans to tear down the shop to make room for new development.

Doughnut King owner Lou King says the shop had extra business on its last day Sunday.

Ruth Clare, a Des Moines resident, was one of those customers.

“We just want to make sure that we came down on the last day,” Clare said.

King says he hopes to relocate the shop to somewhere else in the Des Moines metro area.

“People have been so loyal to me,” King said. “I want to be loyal back, so I want to try to stay in this area. I would not have thought I could be here 50 years, but we made it. Wish it could have been 51.”

In the meantime, Des Moines resident and frequent Donut King customer Elisabeth Harris says she is a going to miss the shop.

“Nothing will be the same,” said Wayne Harris, another Des Moines resident.


Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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