How sweet it is: Krispy Kreme turns 76
Mike Megimose is full of Krispy Kreme memories after working with the company for more than 13 years.
“We sell doughnuts, but I can wear this logo out and people will stop me to talk about their memories,” Megimose said. “That is kind of neat. They remember when they would go to the store with their parents, grandparents or have their birthday parties here. They are not so much talking about the doughnuts but the memories that they bring.”
Megimose, general manager for the N. Main Street store, said having people look through the window never gets old, either.
“It is neat to work for a company that evokes that much happiness from people,” Megimose said.
The chain celebrates its 76th anniversary this weekend, offering specials today. Megimose was hoping to top the more-than-1,300 customers they had last year.
One of Megimose’s fondest memories is creating what he calls a Krispy Kreme wedding.
“I had to take the truck out to Castle McCulloch for a couple getting married. The party favors were little two-packs of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and everyone thought it was the cutest thing,” he said.
He also remembers opening up a store in Louisville, Ky., where a man camped out to be the first person in the store.
“We are still trying to get this store ready and here is this Mercedes Benz sitting in front of the store. I told the guy we weren’t open, and he told me that he wanted to be the first customer in line,” Megimose said. “He said that Krispy Kreme had played an important role in his life, including proposing to his wife by putting a ring in a box of Krispy Kreme.”
Megimose said over the next three days, the man’s family and friends came out to support him so he could be the first in line.
“We look at our job as a chance to create memories,” Megimose said. “We are kind of like a big family. We all care about what happens to one another.”
The business also is celebrating its 76th birthday by offering a 1970s-style Facebook photo app. The company is asking customers to share their “Far Out” photos at www.KrispyKreme.com/76th
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Krispy Kreme Fun Facts
• Vernon Rudolph rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores on July 13, 1937.
• The scent attracted people, and they asked if they could buy hot doughnuts. He cut a hole in an outside wall and started selling hot Original Glazed doughnuts directly to customers on the sidewalk.
• A typical Krispy Kreme store produces more than 3,000 doughnuts per hour, but larger stores can produce up to 12,000 per hour.