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Krispy Kreme Arrives in Rhode Island

By Gordon Carrolton
Ocean State Doughnut Bureau Chief

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May 14, 2003

In the tiny state of Rhode Island, the arrival of the state's first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Kranston (formerly Cranston) was a major event. I stopped by just before lunchtime the day after the store opened.

 
 

The Big Day

A sign outside let everyone know about what will likely become known as the biggest event in Rhode Island history.

 
 

Here's a look at the outside of the store. Note the line to get in (it took about 10 minutes just to get through the door) and the Hot Doughnuts Now sign (at left).

 
 

Topping It Off

Inside, they were giving out free hats, which was nice. Even better, they were giving out free, hot doughnuts — just seconds removed from the glazing process — to everyone in line.

 
 

A Great Deal

This is the special promotion for the Cranston store opening.

 
 

Choices, Choices

The menu offered a number of delicious options.

 
 

Double pleasure.

Here are the two boxes I got.

 
 

Doughnut Perfection

My first box was all Original Glazed.

 
 

Try them all!

Here's what was left of the assortment in my second box — after I ate 3 of them on the way home.

More about Krispy Kreme: Opening Day at KK | A Krispy Kreme Life | How Krispy Kremes Are Born | Krispy Kreme Comes to Life in Medford, Massachusetts | Why Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Rule | Krispy Kreme Locations | Krispy Kreme Poll | Doughnut of the Year