Simplot to open more of campus with “Fry Day” on a Thursday

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 Celebration Circle on the Simplot campus. Photo by Don Day/
Celebration Circle on the Simplot campus. Photo by Don Day/

Both JUMP and the headquarters building for the JR Simplot Co. are open – but much of the open space between the buildings is still closed.

The company will open up the “Celebration Circle” grass area along 9th Street with a big party — featuring (what else?) French fries.   The event will mark National French Fry Day — on a Thursday. Free fries and drinks will be served up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday July 13th.  Donations of food or cash to the Idaho Foodbank are requested.

“We wanted to celebrate National French Fry Day and what better way to do it than serving up free french fries,” said Bill Whitacre, President and CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company. “This is also a chance to thank the public for their patience during the construction of our new building and for their tremendous support of the J.R. Simplot Company over the years.”

Simplot will utilize the fryer it implemented for the Idaho Potato Bowl, which is able to cook up 2,000 pounds of fries per hour.

Work continues on an ampitheater and other outdoor elements of the campus.

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