National Award-Winning Duck Donuts Opening First Ohio Franchise: Columbus Location Will Open Its Doors in October

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Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, is pleased to announce the opening of his nationally celebrated donut franchise in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Westerville.

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With the expansion of each Duck Donuts location, we are adding 25 to 40 new jobs to the economy and that has a direct impact on the residents of Central Ohio.

Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, is pleased to announce the opening of his nationally celebrated donut franchise in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Westerville.

Darren Shutler and Brad Hobbs, new franchise owners and brothers-in-law, are thrilled to bring the first Duck Donuts franchise to Ohio. They are planning an October 2016 opening at 825 Polaris Parkway, located in the Westar Development on the corner of Polaris Parkway and Worthington Road, just east of the Polaris Fashion Place and I-71. The 1,500 square foot location will feature select retail items and indoor seating that reflects the franchise’s iconic beach theme.

“Our first Duck Donuts experience was love at first sight. We went on a family vacation to the Outer Banks in 2014 and visited the Duck Donuts in Corolla, North Carolina. They were the most delicious donuts we had ever tasted, but it wasn’t just the donuts—it was the entire experience, from choosing the icings and toppings, to ordering and watching these special donuts being made and topped! It was so much fun, we couldn’t wait to go back,” says Darren Shutler, school teacher-turned-small business owner.

“I have been happily teaching for over 20 years, but my Duck Donuts experience made me want to take a chance on something completely different. It’s a unique, successful, family-oriented business, and we wanted to be a part of it,” says Shutler.

Shutler added that they recently joined the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and are excited for Duck Donuts to add to the region’s growing reputation as a foodie destination.

Movoto Real Estate named Westerville America’s Best Suburb in 2013 and Money Magazine ranked Westerville #15 on its list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2009. “Westerville is known as a great place to live and raise a family, and we are elated to have the opportunity to share our Warm, delicious & made to order!TM donuts with the community, students, and families of this region,” says Russ DiGilio. “Central Ohio is home to more than a dozen colleges and universities. We’re serving the best warm and fresh donuts in the world, but we’re also very proud of the number of jobs we’re able to provide for people who are passionate about the hospitality industry. With the expansion of each Duck Donuts location, we are adding 25 to 40 new jobs to the economy and that has a direct impact on the residents of Central Ohio.”

The Franklin County location is store #42 in the Duck Donuts enterprise. By the end of 2016, Duck Donuts will have 100 stores in operation and/or with signed contracts.

Donuts are made fresh to order 7 days a week: Sunday–Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit our Facebook Page for updates, follow us on Instagram, and connect with us on the web at DuckDonuts.com.

ABOUT DUCK DONUTS
Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio in Duck, North Carolina. His intention? To solve a family vacation problem: “Our family wanted a place to buy warm, delicious, made-to-order!TM donuts, and when we couldn’t find one, we decided to start our own.”

By 2011, Duck Donuts had expanded to four Outer Banks locations and the donut business was so successful that DiGilio was continuously approached about franchise opportunities and by fans who begged for a Duck Donuts in their communities. The first franchise opened in Williamsburg, VA, in 2013 and there are now 26 open franchise locations.

Duck Donuts store openings are scheduled for:
Woodbridge, VA – August 2016
Fayetteville, NC – September 2016
Bridgewater, NJ – October 2016
Wilmington, NC – October 2016
Stafford, VA – October 2016
Orlando, FL – November 2016
Charleston, SC – December 2016
Nashville, TN – January 2017
Birmingham, AL – January 2017
Pittsburgh, PA – March 2017
State College, PA – TBD
Atlanta, GA – TBD

THE DUCK DONUTS EXPERIENCE
“We discovered that the most powerful marketing advantage we have is the aroma of warm donuts wafting from every store. Our light vanilla cake donut is a little crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, made fresh right in front of you, hand-dipped in hot icing, and sprinkled with your choice of delicious toppings and drizzles. It’s that simple.”

Children love to stand on the strategically placed step in the waiting area, allowing them to see the entire process, as the donut machine cooks and carries their donuts down the line, where they are dipped, topped, packaged, and served warm in the box. Duck Donuts serves its own signature coffee blends—Riptide Roast, Light House Blend, and Sunset Pier Decaf with new special seasonal flavors changing throughout the year—and offers breakfast options, as well as catering services. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at most locations. For customers who don’t have a Duck Donuts in their neighborhood, or wish to gift a delicious box of Duck Donuts to someone far away, order specialty “Flash Frozen” donuts.

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