HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Dunkin Donuts is now open and serving North Alabama to the delight of hundreds of people who waited out in the cold and rain to get the first hot donuts coming off the line.
The store opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, but faithful fans started showing up outside around 2 a.m. By the time the shop opened, the line stretched way out into the parking lot.
Many standing in line were from northern states, including New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, where Dunkin Donuts are very popular.
Alythia Scricchfield of New Hampshire got to the shop at 4:30 a.m., relieved to see Dunkin Donuts in business here. "I grew up on Dunkin Donuts," she said. "It's a part of my life, back in New Hampshire and part of everybody's life."
The man first in line was from Brooklyn, New York. Blake Slovak said he didn't mind waiting since 2 a.m. for one simple reason: "Cause it's Dunkin Donuts!"
The manager of the shop, Blake Robinson, said he expected there to be a line of people waiting to get in, but didn't expect the line to keep growing, hours after the shop opened.
Robinson says he'll open three more locations in Huntsville and the surrounding area within the next five years. He hopes to open a location in Madison within the next six months.
Dunkin Donuts is based in Canton, Massachusetts. The first shop opened in 1950. They serve 52 varieties of doughnuts, coffee and breakfast foods.
Huntsville's location of Dunkin Donuts is located at 1221B North Memorial Parkway. They are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. However, Robinson says he plans to have abbreviated hours on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.
Robinson says he and his father, Edward Robinson, moved to Huntsville from New Jersey one year ago for the sole purpose of opening several Dunkin Donut shops.