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Krispy Kreme donuts coming to Prescott

They won't necessarily be hot, but they will be fresh.

Beginning Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., local entrepreneur Carrie Parworth and several employees will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts out of the Tri-J Market on East Gurley Street.

The mouth-watering "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign will be absent, however, since the doughnuts will be cooked instead at Krispy Kreme's Peoria store, and then delivered to Prescott each morning.

The Tri-J location will rotate through Krispy Kreme's 30-plus varieties, offering about 10 different kinds of doughnuts each day, Parworth said. A dozen goodies will cost $6.50, or 85 cents for single treats.

"I'm just a mom who loves doughnuts, and my kids love Krispy Kreme," Parworth said of her decision to become a Krispy Kreme re-seller.

She plans to open a second location at 728 N. Montezuma St., Suite A, in March. That site, which is about 2,100 square feet, will be full service, and it will also offer a lunch menu … in addition to the doughnuts.

"It will be very similar to how you would feel if you walked into a store in the Valley, or across the United States, really," Parworth said.

Founded in 1937, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme operates more than 140 stores in 27 states – including three sites in the Phoenix area.

The company, which makes more than 3 million doughnuts each day, went public this past April. It trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "KREM."

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