The location was the first new store for the Louisville, Ky., market in more than 40 years and the first in Clarksville, Ind. Customers lined up to be the first ones in the store, some winning free donuts for a year.
The retail shops do not bake their own donuts but rely on shipments multiple times a day from a nearby factory store.
The smaller shops still offer hot Original Glazed Doughnuts, which are heated and then glazed in a special tunnel oven.
The signature "Hot" sign is lit when hot Original Glazed Doughnuts are available.
Employees rush to fill the display case with Krispy Kreme donuts. Although the donuts are not made on site, the retail stores still feature all of Krispy Kreme’s sweet offerings.
Employees cheered as the first customers arrived. Managers from the other five retail stores that opened in 2009 came to help out at the Clarksville grand opening.
The new design features a coffee nook, where customers can sit on couches as they enjoy their Krispy Kreme donuts, ice cream or coffee. The store offers Krispy Kreme’s signature coffee as well as espresso-based drinks.
Krispy Kreme CEO Jim Morgan (second from left) and other executives attend the grand opening. He spent the morning talking to each employee as well as to local business leaders at the event.
Krispy Kreme Louisville market manager Jason Swegman presents a $500 check to the local YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign at the grand opening. Swegman said the donation is an example of Krispy Kreme’s commitment to the local communities in whic