Liberty County Sheriff Deputy Greg Pike arrived at the Krispy Kreme at 11:29 a.m. to be the first guest at the grand opening party for the new Krispy Kreme.
As long as he stays in line outside the building until the 6 a.m. opening time, he will win one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each week for one year.
“I have never been a huge doughnut eater, but when I heard about the Hinesville location opening I thought it would be fun,” Pike said.
As of 5:08 p.m. more than 35 people have registered and began camping out outside of the Krispy Kreme. After Pike, the next 99 guests in line will receive a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each month for one year.
Number seven in line was Earl Bunn and his wife Amanda. They also brought their sons Mason and Jaxon to camp out for the doughnuts.
“The kids love doughnuts and thought this was a great idea,” Amanda Bunn said. “The kids couldn’t miss school and their dad was volunteered in their place.”
Earl Bunn arrived at the Krispy Kreme at 1:30 p.m. to get his place in line. When driving past the Krispy Kreme earlier on the way to appointments, he saw Pike already first in line.
Due to the weather, many in line were dressed in warm clothing, some using blankets to stay warm. Many were passing the time with books or tablets.
“We’re super excited to be opening, and this has been a long time coming and we’re well prepared,” District Manger Mechelle Carey said.
The Krispy Kreme has hired more than 70 people and everyone will be working the first five days after the opening.
“The line can make 1200 doughnuts an hour and we expect to go full force,” Carey said.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., local DJ Joe Ford will be playing music and have games and contests for people camping out. The Krispy Kreme will also be ordering pizza for campers during this time.
The new Krispy Kreme is located at 632-A W. Oglethorpe Hwy. and officially opens Tuesday, Nov.27 at 6 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.