Shipley Donut Shops: 75 Year History

Shipley Donuts shop located in Spring, Texas.

Lawrence Shipley Sr. made his first Shipley Donut in 1936 in Houston, Texas. They sold for five cents a dozen. 75 years later you can’t even buy one donut for five cents much less a dozen. They were sold exclusively at wholesale prices before becoming a retail store.

The first Shipley Donuts retail store was opened in 1940. Today there are about 220 Shipley Donut shops  located in six states. Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are the only states with Shipley Donut shops.

Shipley Donuts sign in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The first Shipleys in Alexandria according to was opened in 1966. The website lists Greg Pebbles as the owner and Dallas E. Pebbles as the president of the Alexandria company.

Shipleys has had a presence in Alexandria for 45 years and has been frequented by customers who love donuts  and love to talk to other Alexandria citizens in the shops while drinking coffee with their donuts.



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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