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Iconic Randy’s Donuts Plans to Open 12 More Shops in Southern California

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SoCal could get up to fourteen new locations in the coming year

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Randy’s Donuts
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

As the 62-year-old Randy’s Donuts opens a new location in El Segundo after Labor Day weekend, the company is plotting a giant donut-sized expansion for the coming year. A company spokesperson says Randy’s is presently building or negotiating leases for up to twelve locations throughout Southern California and two in Las Vegas.

The company claims to be the highest volume donut shop in the world, and a single visit to the Inglewood store can confirm this. Incredibly long lines are a constant at the original drive-thru or walk-up window. Eater covered the year-old location at Westfield Century City, along with the forthcoming stores for El Segundo and Hollywood & Highland, but the expansion spreads far beyond the city limits.

The El Segundo location is in the new South Bay development, Apollo Landing. Angelenos can visit in a few weeks and sit underneath the eight foot diameter donut above the patio. The company is in the process of building a huge donut-shaped entrance at Hollywood & Highland, which should open in November.

Randy’s fate is in the hands of Downey’s planning commission tonight. If approved, the company begins construction on Randy’s second drive-thru location with a 26’ rooftop donut. The store should open in early 2019. A store at the intersection of Hawthorne and Lomita opens in Torrance in summer 2019.

Details are sparse, but the company is in negotiations for up to four stores in Orange County, two stores for Las Vegas, and individual locations in Downtown, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and Long Beach. Last December, Randy’s Donuts president Mark Kelegian shared company plans to secure locations throughout the United States, but as franchise outlets.