Krispy Kreme opens first Butler County location to long lines

Doughnut lovers started arriving at Butler County’s first Krispy Kreme location 11 hours before it opened and customers were wrapped around the business Tuesday morning, an official said.

Two campers arrived at Krispy Kreme at 7 p.m. Monday and they were rewarded with the honor of turning on the store’s “hot” sign at 6 a.m. and given free doughnuts for a year, said Keith Katz, district manager for Ohio and Kentucky.

“Super excited,” Katz said of Tuesday’s grand opening.

Larry Burks, West Chester Twp. administrator, said the opening of Krispy Kreme is “icing on the cake” for the shopping center.

“This is great,” he said.

Shannon Mohery, of West Chester, said she’s excited because the Butler County location is a lot closer than the Krispy Kreme in Cincinnati.

“We love Krispy Kreme,” she said. “They have great doughnuts.”

Krispy Kreme is located in the Tylersville Pointe shopping center, 7783 Tylersville Road.

The doughnut shop was built from the ground up on a 30,753 square-foot outlot at the Tylersville Pointe shopping center. FRONTIER Building oversaw the development of the 3,596 square-foot-project that includes a drive-through and 27 parking spaces.

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Krispy Kreme is part of a $14 million renovation project that added a handful of new businesses and provided additional space to some of its existing tenants.

Tylersville Pointe has 8,000 square feet to the east side of Big Lots, which allowed the chain to carry out its new “Store of the Future” format, according to Bill Mees, director of development for Midland Atlantic, which purchased the shopping center in 2018.

The plaza also added Krispy Kreme location in an outlot between Taco Bell and First Financial Bank.

Tylersville Pointe, formerly known as Kingsgate Plaza, had been under the same ownership for about 30 years before Midland Atlantic purchased it in 2018, Mees said.

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