Krispy Kreme Reopens in Tuscaloosa After April 2011 Tornadoes


After almost a year and half, Tuscaloosa's donut drought has finally ended.

"You know I heard of people taking off work to come hang out and eat, bring their kids and be late for school, so it's amazing. Who would have done that?"

The desire to be one of the first to get those glazed donuts has caused traffic down McFarland Boulevard to be bumper-to-bumper, leaving donut lovers in line to wait around...

"Probably about, what 30 minutes? 30 minutes."

"I'm getting donuts because I love them."

It might sound kind of crazy, but on the grand-reopening day, everyone seems to love donuts.

"I would say we went through 5 to 800 dozen pretty quick."

Before 10:00 a.m., employees had to call the Birmingham store for some help, but the rush isn't just the need to re-hone one's donut handling technique.

"Because when they're hot, there's a certain technique you've got to do, okay? When they're hot and still kind of mushy, you squeeze it in the middle and just shove it on your mouth."

It's the fact that this store has been here since the 1960s.

"Everybody kept saying this is an iconic place that they grew up with here in Tuscaloosa, and I'm blown away by it."

Beyond providing a delicious service, it's a symbol of Tuscaloosa's continuing recovery.

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