Valerina Changarathil, 08 December 2015

FIREFIGHTERS and other emergency service workers will get a free feed as a thank you when the state’s largest On the Run outlet and 24/7 Krispy Kreme doughnut factory opens at Bolivar on Wednesday.

In the aftermath of the devastating Pinery bushfire, the drive-through site’s launch this morning will be dedicated to those who protect our lives and properties.

The Shahin family’s OTR network of petrol stations and convenience stores will also launch a fundraising drive for the Country Fire Service at the Bolivar launch, where equipment will also be donated to volunteer firefighters.

After months of approval and construction delays, the $10 million development by the Shahins’ Peregrine Corporation is expected to be visited by more than a thousand people on its opening day.

About 90 fulltime and casual jobs have been created at the site, 60 of them at Krispy Kreme.

Peregrine, which owns the OTR brand and is also the SA licensee for the American doughnut franchise chain, said the investment would inject new energy into the northern suburbs.

The 2000 sq m site along Port Wakefield Rd hosts the second Krispy Kreme factory in SA and will produce 1000 doughnuts an hour compared with the 4800 doughnuts an hour at the bigger Croydon factory, which opened in July last year.

It will be the fifth Krispy Kreme cafe/store in the state after Marion, Gouger St and Grenfell St in the city, and Croydon.

A petrol station, convenience store, car, bus and truck parking and an exclusive “truckie lounge” are also on the site.

Krispy Kreme SA general manager Mark Higginbottom said his team was geared up to welcome patrons.

OTR chief operating officer Michaela Webster said the investment “brings back manufacturing back to the northern suburbs”.

“At a time when unemployment figures in South Australia are the highest in Australia, OTR

continues to create jobs across construction, food manufacturing and retail sectors.”

“We are opening four other stores before Christmas Day at Aldinga, Clare, Murray Bridge and Kingston.

“Our team is very proud to be creating 250 new jobs, particularly at this time of the year and keeping hundreds of local trades busy across SA.”

“We are an innovative and dynamic family business that is proud to be generating jobs and

investing in the future of South Australia.”

OTR now has more than 125 stores employing more than 2000 staff across the state.

Extracted in full from The Advertiser.