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Duck Donuts eyeing further expansion following record 2023 outlet growth

The US donut and coffee chain opened 23 new US sites and 10 international stores last year and plans to grow its global footprint by 45 new outlets in 2024

A Duck Donuts staff member at the chain’s Bangkok store | Photo credit: Duck Donuts


Pennsylvania-based Duck Donuts has an ambitious expansion plan lined up for the next 12 months following record-breaking outlet growth in 2023. 

The US franchise donut and coffee chain opened 23 stores domestically last year to surpass 130 outlets. It also opened 10 sites internationally, including debuts in Egypt, Qatar and Thailand

Duck Donuts signed 34 US franchise agreements in 2023 and plans to increase its domestic footprint by 35 net new stores across the next 12 months, including first stores in the states of Connecticut and Wisconsin. 

Internationally, Duck Donuts currently has franchise agreements in place to launch in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, Australia and the UK. The business expects to open 10 new international stores this year. 


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“We're thrilled by the overwhelming response and interest this past year from Duck Donuts’ guests as well as our newest franchise partners across the globe. The success of our franchise agreements and opening of new shops reflects the dedication of our team, power of our business model and the undying love our guests have for our unique, customisable donut experience,” said Gary Hitterdal, Vice President of Development, Duck Donuts. 

Founded in North Carolina in 2007, the bakery café chain currently operates more than 130 stores across the US, alongside international sites in Canada, Puerto Rico, Thailand; Egypt, Pakistan and Qatar. 

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