Krispy Kreme not sweet on college kid selling to Minnesotans, tells him to quit – Twin Cities

Nov 4, 2019 by

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts took a bite out of a St. Paul college student’s plan to sell their product to hungry Minnesotans, telling him Thursday to cease all operations.

Less than a week after a Pioneer Press article ran about his eight-hour road trips to Iowa to retrieve the doughnuts, Jayson Gonzalez received a phone call from Krispy Kreme’s Nebraska office ordering him to stop selling their doughnuts in Minnesota. All Krispy Kreme stores left Minnesota 11 years ago.

“I know they told one of the big managers in Nebraska directly, and he called me,” said Gonzalez, of Champlin. The company’s corporate office is in North Carolina. “He said corporate told him to ‘cease’ and ‘desist.’ ”

Krispy Kreme didn’t explain the move, but promised to investigate.

“We have become aware of Jayson’s situation, which involves one of our well-intended locations, and are looking into this,” the company said in a statement Sunday. “We appreciate Jayson’s passion for Krispy Kreme and his entrepreneurial spirit as he pursues his education.”

Gonzalez, also known as “The Donut Guy,” who would have made his 20th run to Iowa on Saturday, had to tell his thousands of Facebook followers the gig is up.

“I bear some bad news,” he posted on Halloween. “Unfortunately the run for this Saturday will not be taking place, as I have been told I have to shut down operations.”

Gonzalez was told his sales created a liability for the company, which has benefited from thousands of dollars paid by Minnesotans for the doughnut deliveries. Gonzalez bought the doughnuts out of his profits and did not receive a discount from the store in Clive, Iowa, that supplied them.

Source: Krispy Kreme not sweet on college kid selling to Minnesotans, tells him to quit – Twin Cities

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