A Minnesota college student won't have to give up his business of selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts after all. The company is feeling a little sweeter toward Jayson Gonzalez—who would drive 270 miles to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, to buy up boxes to sell in his home state, which is without a store of its own—after learning he was using the proceeds to pay off his student debt. While Krispy Kreme initially told Gonzalez to stop the sale over concerns about "product quality and regulatory compliance," the company now says the 21-year-old Metropolitan State University student from Champlin will be given the title of "independent operator," per Business Insider.
This will "ensure consistent delivery of our high-quality doughnuts to our fans in Minnesota," the company notes. As a bonus, it says Gonzalez's first 500 boxes of a dozen doughnuts each will be free. The St. Paul Pioneer Press credits Gonzalez's 4,000 Facebook fans, some of whom "called or emailed the corporate offices." In a Facebook post, Gonzalez says he's "pumped" to get back to work with "the support of Krispy Kreme." However, he's now raising money for a new vehicle as his current Ford Focus is on its last legs and "can only hold up to 110 dozens when modified." He's also been advised to obtain a retail mobile food license and establish himself as a limited liability company, at a cost of roughly $500. (Read more Krispy Kreme stories.)