Duck Donuts is an US doughnut company founded in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 2006 in Duck, North Carolina, by Russ DiGilio and Robin Griffith. It has since expanded to 100 locations in the United States. The chain’s products include customizable, made-to-order doughnuts, other baked foods, and a variety of drinks.
History of Duck donuts
Headquartered at 6230 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the company was founded in 2006 by Russell “Russ” DiGilio, who saw a need for “warm, fresh, made-to-order doughnuts”, and Robin Griffith. They are citizens of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, met in 1992 while working in the supportive living industry.
Prior to Duck Donuts, there were no doughnut shops in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The first shop was opened in Duck, North Carolina, from which the chain got its name, followed by a second location in Kitty Hawk. The third and fourth duck donut shops opened grandly in Corolla and Kill Devil Hills, respectively.
For half a decade, the company was limited to the Outer Banks, but after receiving numerous inquiries about franchising, DiGiglio finally decided to establish the Duck Donuts Franchising Company; the first franchise location was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2013. Thereafter, the franchise began expanding to other states including Florida, New Jersey, and Georgia.
In March 2017, company announced its collaboration with the Nashville-based nonprofit organization Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program for children with cancer, and raised some $75,000 in September via its countrywide “Quack Gives Back” initiative.
Duck Donuts’ menu mostly comprises doughnuts, sandwiches, special coffee, and delicious desserts. The “cake doughnuts” are made-to-order and customizable, with topping options including “chopped bacon” and peanuts. The entire doughnut-making process is automated using doughnut makers from Belshaw Adamatic. Among the four kinds of breakfast sandwiches sold by Duck Donuts is the OBX, which is described as “a sliced doughnut with egg, cheese, sausage or bacon and topped with maple drizzle and chopped bacon”. Duck Donuts’ dessert selection includes doughnut sundaes made with Breyers ice cream.