Alley near Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop could be renamed again

May 29, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

HAGERSTOWN -- The alley where Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop has made its home for 60 years has been named in the shop's honor, but a family representative says that might not be the final name.

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to rename the alley DoNut Alley after the shop.

Krumpe's Operations Manager Max Krumpe said fans of the shop are now asking the owners to petition for the alley to be named after the family instead of the donuts.

Not a day goes by that someone does not bring up the alley name to the shop, Max Krumpe said.

"We may keep it (this) way, but we might try to change it," he said. "We like DoNut Alley but Krumpe's Way or Krumpe's Run, because everyone has to 'make a Krumpe's run' would be nice to."

Krumpe's owners, brothers Rudolph and Fred Krumpe, petitioned the city for the name change to commemorate the shop's long history nestled between the 900 block of Maryland Ave. and Spruce Street.


Citizens signed a petition to change the name, and the idea garnered a following on Facebook, according to city documents.

Now, the idea of changing the name again is getting hundreds of comments, Max Krumpe said.

The original name change request was to name the alley Do-Nut Alley, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. But fire and rescue reviewers from Hagerstown and Washington County will not approve right-of-way names that include hyphens, Tissue said.

It was a county resident, John Liebl, a customer of Krumpe's, who planted the seed of naming the alley after the family when he suggested the idea at Tuesday's council meeting.

"I think, really, that family has earned this," he said Tuesday. "They have given a good time for a lot of families. When you go, you don't say you are making a donut run, but that you are making a Krumpe's run."

Max Krumpe said the owners are planning to discuss the idea of having the alley named after the family over the weekend.

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