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Krispy Kreme is coming to Catonsville

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, a chain known for a red “Hot Light” that announces fresh, hot glazed doughnuts, will open a Catonsville location next spring.

The company recently got the keys to the location at 6447 Baltimore National Pike, said Alex Newcomb, a Krispy Kreme community ambassador in the company’s Crofton Station location.

The Catonsville store will open in a former fast food restaurant, in a plaza that includes an Aldi’s grocery, Five Below variety store and Applebee’s restaurant.

A grand opening is planned between March and May 2018.

The store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature a drive-through pickup window and a glass window to the kitchen. The store closes in the middle of the day to clean the doughnut machine and make other baked goods that are not glazed doughnuts, Newcomb said.

“There’s an open kitchen to look straight in, we’re not trying to hide anything,” Newcomb said. “Everything is very open and visible.”

“It’s a nostalgic thing, for a lot of adults,” Newcomb said, saying many choose to go to Krispy Kreme locations not just for the doughnuts, but for the experience.

The Catonsville location will be equipped with a machine that can make up to 270 dozen glazed doughnuts an hour.

The company chose Catonsville, Newcomb said, because it is an “up and coming area.”

The store has chosen a general manager, Sherri Koblinsky, who is being transferred from Crofton, and is currently seeking assistant managers, Newcomb said.

New Krispy Kreme stores usually begin hiring for between 70 and 90 non-managerial positions close to two months before opening, Newcomb said.

Maryland’s first Krispy Kreme opened in 1998, drawing hundreds to its 5:30 a.m. opening. But profits took a dip in the mid-2000s amid the low-carb diet craze, and seven area Krispy Kreme locations closed in 2009, according to published reports.

There are two Krispy Kreme locations in the Baltimore area: Crofton Station in Gambrills, which opened in 2015, and another in Owings Mills that opened last month.

Monument Restaurants, the company that owns the franchises, plans to open more locations in the Baltimore area as they become available, Newcomb said.

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