A conveyor belt carries thousands of donuts each day, dousing them in the delicious, well known glaze.

Gracie Weinstein

Krispy Kreme hits Hillside with a family favorite

November 8, 2018

With a family favorite opening up only six miles away from Elmhurst IL, York Dukes are amped up about a new go-to hotspot. 

“I think it’s going to be terrible for me because it’s on my way home and it’s delicious,” customer John Fischer said. “It’s a mixed blessing.”

While Krispy Kreme is known for their unhealthy and addictive food, they’ve managed to cater to a wide range of audiences for many years, carrying on as a family and American tradition.

“I’m excited because, you know, I love doughnuts,” said 13-year-old customer, Jayla Smith. “I’ve had it in airports with my family before, but there’s not a lot around here.”

The original Krispy Kreme doughnut shop opened up in 1937 and has popped up all over the U.S. since. Chicago was no stranger to Krispy Kreme until many of its locations closed a few years ago.

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Krispy Kreme displays a multitude of flavored doughnuts made fresh each day.

“It used to be really popular around here, but then about 90% of its stores closed down, [but] now they’re starting to come back,” Fisher said.

Not only is Krispy Kreme making a comeback in the Midwest, but it’s also working to make an impact larger than itself, hoping to better the lives of patients at Chicago’s St. Jude’s Hospital.

“The promotion we’re doing this month is to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” manager Carlos Larcada said. “We’re asking every customer that comes in if they [can] donate a dollar to their cause. These kids never get a bill for the service they get for their cancer at St. Jude’s Hospital.”

Krispy Kreme often holds fundraising opportunities, especially those relating to community organizations, due to their large numbers of profits and their popularity. The extreme amount of donuts made fresh every day certainly helps with generating funds for each organization.

“We are capable of making about 25,000 donuts a day,” Larcada said. “We’ve been selling about 30,000 so we’ve had to bring some in from other stores.”

With business booming down in Hillside, Krispy Kreme is pushing to keep up with the constant flow of incoming customers by bringing back a friendly name to the Chicagoland area.

“Things are going pretty fast, [but] we’re making pretty good business right now,” shift manager David Pineda said.

Be sure to head out to Hillside to check out the new Krispy Kreme location, get a doughnut or two, and help out a good cause.

Gracie Weinstein
The walls of Krispy Kreme can be seen covered with pictures of each patient helped by the St. Jude's Hospital fundraiser.
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