In 1939 Marion Richardson moved to Blount County with his family. Prior to that he and his brother were operating a doughnut franchise in Virginia. Saying he had a flour blend that would make a better doughnut, Mr. Richardson went back into the business. In 1948, Marion Richardson began serving doughnuts at a shop on Old Knoxville Highway across from Eagleton Ball Park. Richy Kreme Do-Nuts have become a Blount County tradition ever since.