At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the line of waiting customers stretched down the side of the building on Main Street in Saco.

SACO — Sonia and Moe Damon of Saco rolled out of bed long before dawn Tuesday, wrapped themselves in jackets and blankets and headed outside to wait for the doughnuts.

The mother and son joined dozens of other fans of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the opening of the first location in Maine. The arrival of the iconic doughnut shop in Maine was welcome news to the Damons, who eagerly watched the construction of the store and planned to be there when the “hot light” sign was lit for the first time. The family first discovered the doughnuts during a vacation in Erie, Pennsylvania.

“We made a pact in the family we’d never drive by a Krispy Kreme and if they asked us if we wanted a second dozen we’d never say no,” Sonia Damon said. “We ate 12 dozen doughnuts that week. We’re Krispy Kreme die-hards.”

The store officially opened at 6 a.m. as the first doughnuts of the day moved out of the fryer to be coated with warm glaze. Festivities began Monday, with the first fans showing up to stake out their spot in line at 3 a.m. – more than 24 hours before the first doughnuts were sold.