Tuscaloosa Krispy Kreme breaks ground on new store | News
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- Good news for everyone who loves hot, fresh donuts! (And who doesn't, really?) Krispy Kreme in Tuscaloosa is celebrating its groundbreaking ceremony April 20 at 1:30 p.m.
The "Hot Now" sign will be back on soon, the contractor of the project promised in a statement released Friday. The Krispy Kreme store on McFarland Boulevard was destroyed last year in the April 27 tornado.
Fans of the iconic doughnut shop have taken to social media to share their anticipation of its re-opening. The "Krispy Kreme Tuscaloosa" Facebook page has 4,085 "likes" and is filled with posts from fans expressing fond memories of the Tuscaloosa location.
"My favorite childhood memories were at this place. Every Sunday Morning when I was a little girl, my daddy would put me in the truck and I'd wake up to watch the yummy goodness being made in the window," Krispy Kreme fan Casey Johnson posted on the page.
A press released from Bill McGuire, president of the firm working on the rebuilding project, RCI Contractors & Engineers, Inc., sheds more light on the history of Krispy Kreme in Tuscaloosa.
According to McGuire, the first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Tuscaloosa opened 52 years ago, when T.W. Smith opened up a shop on Hackberry Lane in 1960. That shop was too small for a dining area and customers had to walk up to a window to order.
In 1964, Smith opened a new store in Alberta, serving up hot doughnuts and coffee to west Alabama residents for nearly 20 years. Smith built a second location on McFarland Blvd. in 1979, adding a drive-thru and larger seating area. Smith, his wife and their five children all helped out with the family business, which eventually grew into a public business with locations across Alabama and Florida. Now, there are close to 700 Krispy Kreme stores in 21 different countries worldwide, the release states.
"Today marks a special day for the Smith family, for our firm, as well as the citizens of Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area, that have experienced a 'Krispy Kreme Withdrawal' for almost a year. We ask that you patiently hold on a little longer, the 'Hot Now' light will be back on soon," McGuire said.
Mayor Maddox, the Tuscaloosa City Council and other city leaders are expected to attend today's groundbreaking ceremony for the new store.
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