SPRINGFIELD, NJ - There are few things in life more appealing than a donut and a good cup of coffee. Now, Route 22 is home to a new, but iconic face in the market.
Krispy Kreme Donuts opened its third New Jersey location on Tuesday in Springfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store joins the one in Collingswood, NJ and Jersey City, NJ in operation. The Springfield Krispy Kreme had been working on a soft opening schedule since the beginning of the month, but Aug. 6 marked the official grand opening.
Along with its store counter and factory section, the shop also has a drive-thru window around the side of the building.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, franchisee Karl Halligan was joined by Gary Gaglioti, the developer of the complex where the store is located.
Several members of the town's civic and business groups were also in attendance, as Springfield Mayor Erica Dubois and Committeeman Alex Keiser posed for photos alongside Springfield Chamber of Commerce Chairman Scott Seidel, Co-Chair Mike Scalera and Networking Vice President Elliot Merkin.
Speaking with TAPinto before the ribbon-cutting, Halligan said that there were several factors that led to Springfield being selected for the store site.
"We opened our first factory in Jersey City, which is a pedestrian factory," Halligan said. "But the traditional Krispy Kreme has a drive-thru. So we took a long time to find what we believe was the ideal location. And the location has to be a very community-driven location. Springfield was perfect for that."
Halligan also noted that the town's proximity to major points of entry in New York was also a major plus, as was the ease and availability of the workforce he hired.
Speaking for the Chamber of Commerce, Scalera said he and other members were excited to welcome the newest business to town.
"It's always very exciting, whether big or small but even [more] so with a name like Krispy Kreme," Scalera said. "You can see the first day, right out of the gate at 5:00 in the morning, there's people standing in line.
"They said they're just really happy to be here, and it's great to see the excitement behind it, between the people coming and then the owners helping out in the business. We just want to welcome them to Springfield, and I think it's going to be a great marriage together."
The Springfield Krispy Kreme is located at 25 US-22, Springfield, New Jersey 07081. The store hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekends. Additionally, the drive-thru is open for the same time period.