What will it take to win free doughnuts for a year from the Tri-Cities’ first Krispy Kreme store?
A specially issued wristband and the ability to stand in line for up to 15 hours, for starters.
As part of the new doughnut shop’s promotions, the first customer in the door at 6 a.m. May 19 will receive a free dozen glazed doughnuts each week for a year, along with a commemorative T-shirt and the distinction of turning on the “Hot Doughnuts NOW” sign.
The next 99 people will receive a dozen glazed doughnuts each month for a year.
But the opportunity to be among the first customers begins the day before. There are a list of rules for folks wanting to wait for that first batch to roll off the line.
And, yes, there will be line checks.
Starting at 3 p.m. May 18, store employees will begin registering customers and doling out wristbands for folks who want to stand in line at the outlet in Richland’s Queensgate district.
Then a free pizza party with a DJ and other activities starts at 6 p.m.
Franchise owners Scott and Crystal Carroll, creators of MyFroYo frozen yogurt shops, announced in June plans to open three of the North Carolina-based shops in Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties in the next three years.
Krispy Kreme has more than 260 U.S. shops that serve 42 doughnut varieties, including cake, glazed and filled.
Right now, the closest outlets to the Tri-Cities are in Spokane, Seattle and Portland.
“I ran a 10K race with my daughter last Saturday and the people standing in front of us were talking about Krispy Kreme,” Crystal Carroll said. “Everywhere in town people are talking about it.”
So if you’re all in on trying to score some of those famous glazed pastries, here’s Krispy Kreme’s rules:
• Participants must be at least age 10 to be in line. Those under 16 must have a parent or guardian with them throughout the event and have a signed consent form. No pets, no illegal drugs and no alcohol are allowed in line and anyone under the influence will be asked to leave.
• Registration starts at 3 p.m. at the store at 2805 Duportail St. and includes signing a waiver and release from Krispy Kreme, which requires participants to follow the company’s rules and employee directions during the event. The first 100 to register will receive a bracelet showing their position in line. People can line up before 3 p.m. if they like but they “do so at their own risk.”
• Once you’ve registered and received a bracelet, people in the line may leave the line to participate in the festivities or use the restroom. However, they must be back in line before a line check occurs — a warning of such checks are announced 10 minutes before. And you can’t leave the premises once you’re registered until after the opening without forfeiting your position in line.
“We will do line checks randomly,” Carroll said.
• There’ll be food and fun to start at the preopening May 18, but it won’t last. It’s up to participants to meet their own needs for food, shelter and warmth, the rules state. There is a slight chance of rain showers that night, so you might want to bring a raincoat.
• Didn’t make it to the store in time to be among the first 100 to register? There’s still hope. You can still register and be given a number and added to a waiting list as an alternate. They can move up into the first 100 if those ahead of them are disqualified or drop out before the store opens.
• Fair warning: lining up for a prize doesn’t give you an ironclad claim to some doughnuts. The company reserves the right to change or cancel the event or prizes “for any reason.”