If you haven’t had a Krispy Kreme doughnut, you don’t know what you’re missing. But a lot of folks in Minnesota along the route between Minneapolis and Clive, Iowa do know how scrumpdeleicious they are and are getting their sugary fix thanks to the efforts of a young enterprising entrepreneur according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
This young entrepreneur is Jayson, Gonzalez, who is 21 and a college student at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. He got the idea of picking up boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Clive, Iowa and then delivering and selling them to Minnesotans while on a trip to Iowa to coach in a soccer tournament.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts were no longer available in Minnesota ever since the company closed its last store there in 2008.
Gonzalez posted an ad in the Facebook Marketplace just to see if anyone would be interested in buying some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. And sure enough in just a few days over 300 people responded. Today his Facebook page called ‘Krispy Kreme Run Minnesota’ has over 5,000 followers.
Gonzalez uses his Facebook page to take orders as well as to communicate with customers updating them on quantities and drop-off/pick-up locations. He uses a lot of local Target parking lot locations.
Krispy Kreme sells their famous original glazed doughnuts for $9.49 at a dozen per box and Gonzalez turns around and sells them for around $17 to $20 per box depending on the variety.
Gonzalez usually operates his business on Saturdays by getting up at 2 a.m. in the morning to drive over 250 miles one way from the Twin Cities to Clive, IA to pick up the doughnuts.
Gonzalez has a Ford Focus and he says he can fit 100 boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in it. Once he’s loaded up, he makes his way back to Minneapolis stopping along his route dropping off boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to happy fans of the sugary treats.
At one time, after Gonzalez had 19 successful trips under his belt, he posted on Facebook that Krispy Kreme had told him that he needed to stop his operation because the company was concerned about the quality standard of their product not being met due to the long dive back to Minnesota.
There was such a tremendous response in support of Gonzalez’s operations, according to CNN that the company worked out a deal for Gonzalez to do business as an independent operator/contractor.
Krispy Kreme says it is happy to help Gonzalez reach his goals of graduating from college without any debt in 2021.