Krispy Kreme Ireland forced to close 24-hour drive-thru because people wouldn't stop honking their horns 4 years ago

Krispy Kreme Ireland forced to close 24-hour drive-thru because people wouldn't stop honking their horns

Nobody could have anticipated this.

Krispy Kreme Ireland has been forced to change its opening hours after its 24-hour drive-thru led to major noise complaints from the residents of the Blanchardstown area.


Problems arose when hours-long queues of cars lined up to buy doughnuts at the newly opened stores — and repeatedly honked their horns in their wild excitement for doughnuts, causing disturbance in the area.

On Wednesday, Krispy Kreme has announced several changes in order to mitigate Ireland's unforeseen and seemingly uncontrollable hunger for doughnuts.

Richard Cheshire, CEO of Krispy Kreme UK and Ireland said: "We anticipated a warm welcome for Krispy Kreme in Ireland and have long wanted to open a store here, but the response has been way ahead of our most optimistic expectations. For the customers coming into our store in Blanchardstown, the smiles and joy have been great to see.

"For the most part too, our drive thru has been a success. But we know that the late-night noise has been an upset for our neighbours. Some customers have been beeping their horns and disturbing families in nearby apartment complexes. Most importantly, we are saying to our neighbours, we’ve listened and we’re making changes immediately.

  • Closing of our 24hr drive thru which will now be open between the hours of 6am and 11.30pm.
  • Continuation of our Traffic Management Action Team who have been working night and day to examine alternative options in relation to late night queue management that allows customers to enjoy our doughnuts without impacting local residents.
  • Ongoing discussions with Fingal County Council, Blanchardstown Centre Management, local Garda Traffic Corp and Community Liaison with regard to options for consideration.
  • Commitment to working with the Gardaí, Local Councillors and the Blanchardstown Centre Management to find a long term solution that works for everyone."

The store has been open for exactly one week today.