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October 31, 2017

Opening date of Krispy Kreme shop in Auburn delayed

Krispy Kreme has pushed back the opening date for a shop in Auburn.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that the popular donut chain based in Winston-Salem, N.C., won't open its planned shop at the new 410 Center St. retail strip center until 2018.

Developer and franchisee Cort Mendez told the newspaper that design delays have pushed the opening date into next year.

The donut shop will anchor a new $3 million plaza at 410 Center St. and is expected to hire 60 employees, the newspaper reported.

When the four-tenant retail center first announced in December 2016 that Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) would be one of its anchor tenants, it was expected that the Auburn shop would be Krispy Kreme's first donut shop in Maine.

But Mendez's Krispy Kreme shop in Saco won the bragging rights as being the first Maine donut shop in the chain that numbers 1,000 stores nationwide. The Saco shop opened the first week of October with some Krispy Kreme fans actually camping out in the parking lot the day before to be first in line on opening day.

Krispy Kreme is one of the two largest donut chains in a $13 billion industry, according to franchisechatter.com.

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