Duck Donuts Franchising Company announced the opening of its 50th franchise location. The store will open in Asheville—the 17th store in North Carolina. Owned by Terry and Beckie McGee, the store is located at 182 Merrimon Avenue, Unit 2, in the Merrimon Park Square.

“We are thrilled to announce our 50th store opening and even more excited to continue enhancing our footprint in North Carolina, the state where it all began,” said Russ DiGilio, Duck Donuts Franchising Company founder and CEO. “As a family-founded and community-oriented franchising company, we look forward to continuing our growth and serving the families and businesses that make each location so special for many years to come!”

By the end of 2017, Duck Donuts plans to continue to advance its growth strategy by having a total of 70 stores open in 14 states.

To officially celebrate the grand opening, the store is also hosting a community event on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a face painter, merchandise giveaways and a raffle to win free donuts for a year.

Like its other locations, the 1,100 square foot retail store will reflect the franchise’s iconic beach theme and family-friendly atmosphere. Donuts at this location will be made fresh to order 7 days a week, Sunday-Tuesday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.* For grand opening details, specials and donut topping updates, visit the Duck Donuts Asheville Facebook page or connect on the web at

“Our first Duck Donuts experience occurred after my sister shared photos of the donuts claiming they were relatable to our grandmother’s homemade donuts, a memorable family treat,” says Beckie McGee. “Trying for ourselves, the donuts exceeded our expectations, and so here we are today in Asheville, ready to share the experience of a warm, delicious and made-to-order donut with the thriving community.”

Duck Donuts specializes in warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Upon entering the store, customers are welcomed with the aroma of warm, light vanilla cake donuts. Customers can choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional favorites such as chocolate icing with sprinkles and more adventurous creations such as maple icing with bacon. The family-friendly stores offer a viewing area where children and adults alike can watch their donuts being made.

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