It has been a long wait for donut lovers, but at last a Krispy Kreme donut store has opened for business at 501 N. Chelton in Colorado Springs near the Citadel Mall.
As it geared up for the grand opening, Krispy Kreme gave away thousands of donuts to anxious customers.
At a groundbreaking earlier this year, Colorado Springs City Councilman Charles Wingate recalled how as a child in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he always finagled a Krispy Kreme when he went shopping with his grandmother.
“I loved the donuts so much, I was always successful (in persuading his grandmother to purchase the donuts),” Wingage said.
Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Krispy Kreme has an interesting history. Here is its story.
In 1933, Vernon Rudolph, founder of Krispy Kreme, bought a small donut shop in Paducah, Kentucky, from an old French chef from New Orleans. He received all of the company’s assets – including the rights to a secret yeast-raised donut recipe.
People loved the tasty donuts and the company prospered. Rudolph decided to expand, and set out for a new location.
With two friends and $200 in his pocket, he cranked up his 1936 Pontiac and headed out with the secret formula. Finding themselves in Winston-Salem with just $25, the trio spent it to rent a building in what is now called historic Old Salem.
Now penniless, the men persuaded a local grocer to lend them ingredients for a batch of donuts in return for payment, once the first donuts were sold. The rest, as the old cliché so pithily notes, is history.
Today the company produces three million donuts daily, and more than 1.3 billion donuts annually. It is unknown what happens to the holes.
The company started helping community-based groups raise money when the company was formed. Organizations earn money by selling donuts that Krispy Kreme provides at a discounted price.
Krispy Kreme also makes more than a dozen other varieties of yeast-raised and cake donuts, fruit pies, cinnamon buns and several varieties of snack foods.