MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (PRWEB) May 03, 2017 - Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company, announces that the 12th North Carolina location will open in Jacksonville in May. As the award-winning donut franchise expands its roots in the Tar Heel State where the Duck Donuts story first began, it brings the total franchise count to 37 open stores and 126 contracts.
“North Carolina has always been a home away from home for our Duck Donuts team. It’s the site of our first-ever Duck Donuts location, so we are thrilled to continue our growth where the idea for our unique donut experience first took shape,” says DiGilio. “With each additional store we bring 25-40 news jobs to the communities we call home - that’s an opportunity to make a difference that we’re very excited about.”
The Jacksonville ownership team consisting of Ed Gill, Mitch Johnson, John Guard, Peter Balent, and Amber Stallings Balent will debut their warm, delicious, made-to-order-donuts at 1092 Hampton Inn Way, in a new building located on popular thoroughfare Western Boulevard.
“It was on vacation in 2014 that we first experienced Duck Donuts,” says Stallings Balent. “We were highly impressed with not only their product, but their family friendly process. As a group, we decided that opening our own franchise was something we were all passionate about. Our first store in Greenville, North Carolina, opened less than a year later, and now we can’t wait to open our second location.”
Recognized as the Onslow County seat, Jacksonville is home to the United States Marine Corps Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. It was also ranked by Forbes in 2014 as the fifth fastest-growing small city in the United States. Visitors and residents enjoy over 15 parks within the city limits, as well as the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.
“We are honored to bring the Duck Donuts experience to such a beautiful city and to serve our great Marine Corps from Camp Lejeune,” says Balent.
The Jacksonville store grand opening is scheduled for May 20, at 10:00 a.m. and features a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marks the official opening of the 2,100 square-foot shop.
Which Duck Donut should the Jacksonville community should try first? “We’re all fans of the Maple Bacon donut, but you can’t go wrong with any of the toppings and flavors,” says the team.
Donuts at this location will be made fresh to order 7 days a week, Monday–Thursday, 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. For Grand Opening specials and donut topping updates, visit the Duck Donuts Jacksonville, NC Facebook page or connect on the web at DuckDonuts.com.
As of May 3, 2017, Duck Donuts Franchising Company has 37 open stores and 126 contracts.
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!™ 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 37 open franchise locations and 126 contracts.
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Duck Donuts emphasizes the importance of giving back to the local community through their #QuackGivesBack initiatives every month and their national corporate partnership with Chemo Duck. “Our mission is twofold,” says DiGilio, “to serve the most amazing warm, delicious, and made-to-order donuts, and to contribute to the communities we call home.”
“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,” says DiGilio.
Children (and grownups) 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.
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Anne Deeter Gallaher
Deeter Gallaher Group LLC
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