Dueling doughnut chains have agreed to join forces. Yum Yum Donuts said Thursday that it would acquire Winchell's Donut House.
City of Industry-based Yum Yum, which has 71 Southern California stores, will keep the Winchell's brand, according to Roxanne Ruben, a spokeswoman for both companies.
Santa Ana-based Winchell's has almost 200 outlets in the U.S. -- primarily in California -- and several overseas.
The sale is expected to close within two months. Terms weren't disclosed.
Ruben said she didn't know whether any employees would be fired or any locations shuttered.
Executives for the two companies, both of them privately held, didn't return calls seeking comment. "They're trying to just keep it low key," Ruben said.
She said the acquisition was a "logical way to immediately grow the Yum Yum company."
Hal Sieling, a restaurant consultant in Carlsbad, Calif., said it could also benefit Winchell's. Yum Yum will be able to "pick and choose the best from both." Combined they will "probably turn out to be better than either one of them individually. They'll be able to use their expertise to make Winchell's better again."