Duck Donuts Announces Expansion of Donut Franchise to Atlanta, Georgia: First Duck Donuts to Launch in the Peach State

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Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, has announced the expansion of his nationally celebrated donut franchises to Atlanta, Georgia, bringing the franchise total to 95 stores.

Topping the donuts at Duck Donuts.

Duck Donuts' expansion to the capital city of Atlanta, Georgia, brings 25-40 new jobs with each new location.

Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, has announced the expansion of his nationally celebrated donut franchises to Atlanta, Georgia, bringing the franchise total to 95 stores.

“Adding Duck Donuts as a food destination in the Atlanta neighborhood is an exciting advance for our company, and we are thrilled to be welcomed by the Fulton County community,” says Russ DiGilio. “Our expansion to the capital city of Georgia brings 25-40 new jobs with each new location. It also provides Jae Lee, the franchise owner, with an opportunity to live his dream of small business ownership.”

“We are in the process of planning three to four store openings in the suburban areas of Atlanta. Boasting over 35 million visitors per year and a Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers, Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. We see a great opportunity to serve fresh, warm donuts and get involved with our growing communities,” says Jae Lee, first-time Duck Donuts franchise owner. “The Atlanta-area Duck Donuts will be a strong and dedicated philanthropic partner. We look forward to meeting all our future donut lovers!”

Duck Donuts emphasizes the importance of giving back to the local community through their #QuackGivesBack initiatives. "Our mission is twofold,” says DiGilio, “to serve the most amazing warm, delicious & made to order donuts and to contribute to the communities we call home. The #QuackGivesBack program donates a portion of donut sales to a local charity each month, as chosen by each franchise owner. In October, the entire franchising company will be joining together to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating to the breast cancer treatment or research organization of their choice.”

The new Atlanta-area donut shops will have a variation of square footage with different features, including retail stores and indoor and outdoor seating that celebrates the franchise’s iconic beach theme.

As of August 26, 2016, Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC has 95 donut shops signed, 25 Duck Donuts are open, and 70 Duck Donuts are projected to open in the next two years. “We are humbled by the incredible response to our made-to-order donuts and family-friendly environment,” says DiGilio. “This past year has been an amazing journey, and we are proud of our organic growth—all thanks to our customers who we consider family.”

Donuts are made fresh to order 7 days a week. Visit our Facebook page for updates, 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, and made-to-order 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 25 open franchise locations.

Future Duck Donuts store openings are scheduled for:
Woodbridge, VA – August 2016
Fayetteville, NC – September 2016
Columbus, OH – October 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
Atlanta, GA – TBD
State College, PA – 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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