Krispy Kreme lovers line up, camp out as the revamped store opens

Devotees park themselves in front of shiny-new Krispy Kreme to be the first in

Staff WriterJune 2, 2010 

  • The renovated Person Street Krispy Kreme store has:

    A larger seating area

    A computerized menu board

    An expanded area to view the doughnut-making machinery

    Ice cream dessert, known as "Kool Kreme"

— Abe Lawson and Brandon Long, rising seniors at N.C. State University, arrived at the Krispy Kreme on Person Street at 8 p.m. Monday - 10 hours before the store's grand reopening at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

But that wasn't early enough to be first in line and win a free dozen doughnuts each week for a year. As the No. 3 and No. 4 people in line, the two each get a free dozen doughnuts once a month - the prize awarded to Nos. 2-11 in line.

"I don't think I could eat a dozen doughnuts every week and be OK with myself," Long said.

The Krispy Kreme store has been under renovation for more than a month, and some folks have been experiencing glazed icing withdrawal symptoms. Yes, there is the Fayetteville Street store in downtown Raleigh, but those doughnuts are not served hot.

The Person Street building had not been remodeled since it opened in that location in 1971. The original building was built in 1939 a few doors down.

On Tuesday, the store showed off its shiny new seating area and a larger spot to watch the doughnuts being made.

Despite rain, about 30 people waited in line in the wee hours before the doors opened. Store officials brought out doughnuts and coffee for the early birds. The group cheered when the "HOT NOW" sign turned on.

Lawson and Long came prepared for a long night, with a tent, beer and two red N.C. State folding chairs.

Troy Smith, who was first in line - starting Monday afternoon - brought a grill and made burgers with grilled doughnuts as the buns. He shared with those he defeated.

Smith, a Holly Springs teacher, is kind of obsessed with Krispy Kreme. He was also first in line when the Fayetteville Street location opened in October, and he won the same prize then. This time, he will donate the 52 weeks of free doughnuts to the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The Vaughn family - dad Harris and children Ella Reaves, 9; Harry, 7; and Fletcher, 3 - showed up at 6:15 a.m., just after rolling out of bed. Dad wore a Carolina baseball cap and flip-flops, and Fletcher had on green, bug-covered pajamas with a shirt that said "Don't bug me."

"We woke up at 6," Harris Vaughn said. "We had hoped to get here earlier, but you know what, we did the best we could."

Mom stayed in bed, but did get in her order for a dozen hot glazed.

The Raleigh family goes to Krispy Kreme a couple of times of month, Ella Reaves said.

While the mother ship store was closed, the Vaughns went to the Fayetteville Street location, but those doughnutsweren't the same, the family said. They weren't hot.

Tuesday morning, the doughnuts tasted better than they had before the renovations, Ella Reaves declared.

"Doughnuts make a big difference in this household," her father said.

After the big opening moment, Lawson and Long, the NCSU students, were off to their summer internships. They figured their bosses would ask why they were late, so they planned to order extra doughnuts for their co-workers.

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