“YUMMMM doughnuts”… is what Homer Simpson would have said if he were in Hillside the morning of October 9th for the grand opening of the Krispy Kreme Donut shop. Hillside is proud to serve as only the third Krispy Kreme location in the Chicagoland area. The store is located in the Hillside Town Center at 110 S. Mannheim Road.
People started lining up on Monday night in anticipation of the Tuesday 6 a.m. opening. All night long and into the wee hours of the morning Krispy Kreme aficionados jockeyed to be one of the first hundred people in line so they could be rewarded with a dozen free glazed doughnuts every month for a year.
In addition, on six consecutive days, 100 “Golden Tickets” for a free dozen glazed doughnuts to be picked up every month for one year were also given out at random to customers at the checkout line.
Mayor Tamburino was in attendance with several village officials, Krispy Kreme executives, and the store’s manager to cut the proverbial grand opening ribbon. The Proviso East High School band revved up early morning customers with spirited music; and a never-ending stream of cars headed to the drive-up window for a cup of java and a donut to eat on the way to work. Several major media outlets had reporters on the ground and ABC TV featured a segment about the grand opening on their news broadcast.
Mayor Tamburino, in between bites of one of their famous glazed donuts exclaimed, “Krispy Kreme is an icon in the restaurant world and we are very proud that they chose to make Hillside their home.”
This article was published in the November Hillside Herald. Read more.