VACAVILLE — Under a rare “blood moon” eclipse, Krispy Kreme devotees waited Monday night to claim their free doughnuts.
And they waited.
And they waited.
Clad in pajamas, wrapped in blankets, all ages waited for the 5:30 a.m. Tuesday opening when the “hot light” was flipped on by first person in line, local resident Rudolph Muldong. Fifteen thousand doughnuts – traditional glaze, key lime, blueberry and Dutch apple are just some of the types that awaited Muldong and at least 250 others who lined up by opening time.
Muldong, as the first in line, will get a dozen glazed doughnuts free each week for a year. The next 99 people will get a dozen free doughnuts monthly. The rest just came along for the fun ride.
To stake his spot, Muldong arrived at 6 p.m. Sunday. As he stood in the dark Tuesday morning after collecting his doughnuts, several people shouted good-bye to him.
“You can’t do something like this without engaging,” he said, smiling, as he acknowledged his new friends.
Muldong also ticked another item off his bucket list – being first in line for an opening. He missed out at Freebirds World Burrito and then was No. 56 out of 100 at Boudin SF’s recent opening.
He’s finally No. 1.
Not caring a bit that he was No. 2, Chris Ogilvie of Vacaville had already eaten three hot glazed doughnuts before he left the parking lot. He frequently went to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts when he lived in Tennessee. Then he moved west and there was no more Krispy Kreme for Ogilvie. He mourned the loss.
“Very much so,” he said, laughing.
The retail store is a franchise run by Southern California-based Hot Glazed Enchantment. The company owns 21 Krispy Kreme locales, with 12 of those in California, said Jason Sansom, the director of operations. After the closure of several corporate-owned locations, Hot Glazed Enchantment opened its first location in November 2010.
Most of Hot Glazed Enchantment’s stores, such as Vacaville, are smaller and do not make doughnuts on site, but instead are fed by “factory” stores. Vacaville’s doughnuts come from Concord. Approximately three to four deliveries a day will be made to Vacaville, Sansom said. Doughnuts are heated and glazed in a special oven on site and, he said, there is no difference in the taste between the two locations.
Freshness is key, he said.
“We want to keep it fresh,” he said. “We want to make sure you’re having the same doughnut here as at a producing store.”
The store’s hours are 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is located at 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave., Suite 102.
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