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Krispy Kreme Turns 50 in Mississippi


Original Biloxi location on the beach

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will celebrate the 50th birthday of its iconic Original Glazed® doughnuts being made in the state of Mississippi, Saturday, October 21st, very close to the date Krispy Kreme opened its doors for the first time in 1967 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Guests can enjoy a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for just 50 cents with the purchase of any dozen at regular menu price that day.

Along with the offer on October 21st, there will be a family-friendly, free event scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. This event will include multiple free activities including a doughnut dipping station. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts locations in Columbus, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and Ocean Springs will be participating in this offer.

“After returning from serving during the Vietnam War, Joe McAleer offered me an opportunity to work in the family business and we opened the first location of Krispy Kreme in the state of Mississippi on the beach in Biloxi,” said Billy Dorgan, Sr., Owner of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Mississippi. “Since that day I have seen my children and grandchildren begin working in our shops and that is something I could never have imagined when we first opened our doors. We’ve enjoyed sharing these years with you and your family, and have been blessed by your support.”

Mr. Dorgan’s father-in-law, Joe McAleer, began working with the Krispy Kreme organization’s founder, Vernon Rudolph around 1952 and he eventually opened multiple Krispy Kreme shops in the state of Alabama. Billy Dorgan, Sr. lived next door to Mr. McAleer and began working for him in 1958 at the early age of 15 when he was recruited for the 4:00 am shift of rolling out the doughnuts by hand. Now Mr. Dorgan has 2 of his daughters and his son working in the family business along with several of their spouses and their grandchildren. The Dorgan Family owns Krispy Kreme locations throughout the state in Columbus, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. The Gulfport shop was opened in 1992 after the closing of the Biloxi location, in 2003 the Hattiesburg location opened, followed in 2011 the Ocean Springs shop opened, and finally in 2012 the Columbus location opened.


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