Krispy Kreme nixes Minnesota college student's doughnut resale service

Darnell Taylor
November 7, 2019

He charged $17 to $20 per box and says some of his customers spent almost $100 each time. He said some of his customers spent almost $100 each time. Paul metro area to the nearest Krispy Kreme in Clive, Iowa, to buy large quantities of doughnuts and resell them in the Twin Cities.

© Deanna Weniger Less than a week after the newspaper reported about his business, which Gonzalez said he started to fill a hole left when the local Krispy Kreme closed down 11 years ago, the confectionery company told him to shut down operations. The senior studying accounting at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul said he was told his sales created a liability for the North Carolina-based company.

"Today, we reached out to Jayson to express our appreciation for his love of Krispy Kreme and admiration for his entrepreneurial spirit", a spokeswoman for Krispy Kreme tells CNN. He teased the possibility of "entrepreneurial adventures" to come in his parting Facebook post.

Krispy Kreme did not immediately return an Associated Press email for comment Sunday. Krispy Kreme called Gonzalez yesterday and offered him a sweet deal he couldn't refuse.

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The post explained the company's initial action as a temporary measure to ensure both "product quality and regulatory compliance" in Gonzalez's operation, further explaining that they were concerned for the quality of the doughnuts given how far they had to travel.

"Our main concern is that the doughnuts Jayson sells maintain our high product quality standards, given the distance and manner in which he is transporting and distributing them". The deal also includes a 500-dozen doughnut donation when he starts up again.

"I think people do react to the little guy being squeezed by the big company", Garnander with Burns/Hansen Attorneys at Law said. By packing his Ford Focus with 100 boxes containing a dozen of the infamously covetable glazed pillows, he could make a pretty penny on each eight-hour Saturday trip, attacking his student loan debt in the process. "I know a lot more people in Minnesota are going to want in on the weekly runs".

Organized through the Krispy Kreme Run Minnesota Facebook page, Gonzalez's doughnut delivery enterprise attracted more than 3,800 likes.

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