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Will camp for doughnuts

Hundreds show up for Krispy Kreme grand opening
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Most people probably would not choose to spend the night on a concrete sidewalk just to get a fresh doughnut in the morning. But that’s exactly what Lee Van Farowe and Bailey Harrison did. Farowe and Harrison along with about half a dozen of their friends from Del Oro High School drove from Loomis to Roseville to sleep on a bed of blankets on the sidewalk. Their goal: To get their hands on the first Krispy Kreme doughnut produced in Roseville since 2006. And they were not alone. “We had campers start to show up around 4 p.m. yesterday with tents and everything,” said Krispy Kreme regional manager Sara Tebbett at the new store’s grand opening in Roseville Tuesday morning. “There were probably about 50 campers.” More and more people began to show up throughout the night until more than 200 people were waiting outside the Krispy Kreme store for the doors to open at 5:30 a.m. “This group was really enthusiastic,” said Amanda Molina, spokeswoman for the new Krispy Kreme franchisee. “They were one of the more prepared groups that I’ve seen, they really made themselves comfortable. They were a fun crowd.” Most “campers” said they did not really sleep throughout the night. Instead, they played cards or board games or simply visited with their friends. “It was kind of fun, it was just a large hang-out,” Farowe said. Molina said it is quite common with Krispy Kreme grand openings to have people camp out to try and be one of the first 24 people in line to get a free T-shirt and free doughnuts for a year. Tebbett said bakers were pumping out 180 dozen glazed doughnuts per hour Tuesday morning and they would continue to do so all day. Since closing in October 2006, the Krispy Kreme store, located at 10317 Fairway Drive in the Highland Reserve Marketplace, has sat vacant. Franchisee Hot Glazed Enchantment, based out of Albuquerque, N.M., gave the building new life by purchasing it earlier this year and providing 85 new jobs. Gage Bort, student at Whitney High School in Rocklin, began waiting in line at 4 a.m. and said he is just glad Krispy Kreme is back. “I love this place and I love their doughnuts,” Bort said. “The hot ones are the best, they just have a really good flavor to me.” When asked about why the doughnuts are so popular, almost everyone in line agreed with Aly Jones of Rocklin. “It melts in your mouth,” Jones said. “It’s heaven.” Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.