LaMar's Donuts

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Founded: 1960
Corporate Office: 6950 E. Belleview Avenue, Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
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About LaMar's Donuts

The roots of LaMar's Donuts date back to 1933 when Ray Lamar, age 17, began making donuts for ten cents an hour. Ray Lamar founded LaMar's Donuts in 1960, and built the single store business into a growing national enterprise selling millions of donuts to millions of beloved customers each day. LaMar's fame grew when Ray Lamar appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show, The Travel Channel and The Food Network, among other productions. Since franchises became available in the 1990s, LaMar's Donuts has grown to 27 locations in six states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. LaMar's Donuts have been recommended by Zagat's Survey, the New Yorker and Gourmet Magazine, and were chosen in the summer of 2008 as one of America's five best donuts by AOL Cityguide.

Company History

The roots of LaMar’s Donuts date back to 1933 when Ray Lamar, 17, began making donuts at the Jack Frost Donuts Company.

During those days, wholesale donuts were made in the morning and the store opened for retail business at 11am and stayed open until midnight. Back then, a dozen donuts cost 18 cents. Cake donuts were either plain or dusted with powdered sugar or granulated sugar. Yeast donuts were also available. By the early 1940s, Ray Lamar introduced new flavors, devil’s food donuts, chocolate iced donuts and an apple spice donut to the menu.

Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in a converted gas station on Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1960. Locals immediately flocked to the homemade donuts and LaMar’s Donuts became a Kansas City institution. Lines started forming before 6 a.m., and by closing time more than 11,000 donuts are sold at this single location. The store was known for their fresh, delicious donuts and the staff never refused a special request.

Based on the donut shop’s phenomenal success and widespread reputation, Ray LaMar and his wife Shannon, made the decision in 1990 to franchise LaMar’s Donuts. Today, they have 27 locations in six states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. LaMar’s Donuts have been recommended by Zagat’s Survey, The New Yorker and Gourmet Magazine, and was chosen in the summer of 2008 as one of America’s five best donuts by AOL Cityguide.

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Each LaMar's location is a gourmet donut store, a coffee bar and a community gathering place. Their stores are set-up for quick service to accommodate the rushed customer who is hurrying for a morning appointment or meeting.


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