Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts will open three new locations in Tampa Bay

3 different locations of the popular franchise are slated to open within the next few years.

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The doughnut competition in the Tampa Bay area is getting little steeper ( and sweeter.)

According to a press release from Shipley Do-Nuts, the Texas-based dessert franchise plans to open three Tampa Bay storefronts over the next few years.

A whopping 350 locations throughout Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas are slated to open over the next five years.

Shipley’s is known for 60 different doughnuts that range from classic glazed and cream-filled to unique flavors like chocolate walnut-glazed, coconut cake, maple-iced and buttermilk-glazed doughnuts.  Hot and iced coffee is also  available to accompany any of your sweet treats.

In addition to doughnuts, it also sells a variety of kolaches, a Central European pastry typically filled with some sort of sweet or savory filling. Shipley’s kolaches are filled with a range of meats and cheeses (Nicola's and La Segunda also carry them in the Bay area).

Its full menu can be found at shipleydonuts.com.

Currently, Tampa Bay’s closest Shipley  Do-Nuts is in Bradenton, at 6571 State Rd. 70 E, while other Florida locations reside in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Several Shipley storefronts are planned for the greater Orlando area as well.

Shipley Do-Nuts' humble beginnings can be traced back to Houston, Texas, where its founder Lawrence Shipley Sr. created his original doughnut recipe in 1936.  Now there are over 300 locations across the U.S., with hundreds more on the way.

Visit its Facebook at @ShipleyDonuts,  or the "locations" tab on its website to keep an eye out for its debut Tampa Bay location.