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The hot doughnut experience… everyone was talking about us!
In 1982, a small group of our early franchisees bought Krispy Kreme back from Beatrice Foods. A renewed focus on the hot doughnut experience became a priority for the company. Krispy Kreme began to expand outside the Southeast and opened
its first store in New York City in 1996. Soon afterward, in 1999, the first store in California opened and national expansion was well underway. When Krispy Kreme turned 60 years old in 1997, it was officially recognized as a 29th century American icon with the donation of company artifacts to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.