We are only one week away from the most anticipated store opening possibly in the history of store openings in Statesboro - Krispy Kreme, located at 190 Northside Drive East. They have set the official opening for next Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6 a.m.
In fact, in anticipation of large crowds, Krispy Kreme is coordinating with the Statesboro Police Department to help with traffic flow for the first few days of operations.
Statesboro's Krispy Kreme will be led by Georgia Southern alumni Jeremy Henning as general manager of the company-owned store. Henning is returning to Statesboro, with his wife Victoria Smith Henning, who also is a GSU alum and native of Statesboro. Adam Newman, who is from Evans, will be the assistant general manager.
Krispy Kreme operates three types of stores: route stores, factory stores and tunnel stores.
The route stores produce and distribute products to a large area including convenience stores and grocery stores. They have the capacity of producing 600 dozen doughnuts per hour. The factory stores can produce 270 dozen per hour and are geared to retail and charity sales. The tunnel stores do not actually produce doughnuts in the store. They are brought in from a route store.
Statesboro will be a factory store, employing nearly 70, with a design that brings the assembly line into the lobby. As you stand at the counter you can watch employees pull the freshest, hottest doughnuts off the line.
I think the store design will be very customer friendly with sofas and laptop seating, ample outdoor and indoor seating with free Wi-Fi.
"This is part of our transition into a coffee shop and doughnut store," Henning said. "We want to be a place where people will enjoy hanging out and experience all of the wonderful products Krispy Kreme has to offer. We have invested heavily into the community and are looking forward to being as integrally involved in the community as possible.
"Our fundraising options are a great way to help raise funds for civic, schools and other nonprofit projects. We sell a dozen doughnuts to nonprofits in bulk for $4 per box. These retail in the store for $8. So the organization can sell them and keep the profit."
The opening week is going to be very exciting. They are hosting a camp out party for the first 100 guests in line on Monday. The very first guest through the door receives a punch card for one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each week for one year.
Then, they will flip the "Hot Now" switch for the very first time.
The next 99 guests through the door will receive a punch card for one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each month for one year. The first 150 guests in line will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
You must be in line before 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3. At 3 p.m. they will count out the first 150. You must stay in line until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Visit www.krispykreme.com/about/grand-openings for official grand opening rules and regulations.
Campers will be treated to a pre-opening celebration in the Krispy Kreme parking lot on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The official ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 and members of the Bryan County High School band will be on hand to help.
My advice: Eat light this week and prepare for a sugar overload as we finally get to taste the sensation of a doughnut melting in our mouths in the Boro!