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Franchise Deep Dive: Duck Donuts Franchise Cost, Fees, Profit and Data

Interested in opening your own donut franchise? With nearly a decade of franchising experience, Duck Donuts boasts an attractive return on investment.

By Jeff DwyerStaff Writer
Updated 9:09AM 03/06/24


LAST UPDATED: December 2023
FRANCHISE WEBSITE: https://www.duckdonuts.com/franchising/
NUMBER OF LOCATIONS: 100+
REPORTED COST TO GET IN: $424,285 to $608,835
REPORTED ROI (Item 19): $847,623 (Average annual net sales for top 25% of franchises)

Duck Donuts is a donut shop franchise concept that sells “warm, delicious and made-to-order” donuts, coffee and ice cream across the United States. Duck Donuts was founded in North Carolina in 2007 by Russ DiGilio, who wanted to create a place for families to be able to purchase delicious donuts and other treats. 

Duck Donuts, which is now headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, began offering franchise opportunities in 2013. Its first franchise location was opened in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

How Many Duck Donuts Locations Are There?

As of December 2023, Duck Donuts has more than 100 stores open and even more in development across the country. The brand also has three international locations in Cairo, Egypt; Doha, Qatar; and Bangkok; Thailand. 

What Is the Business Model of Duck Donuts?

Duck Donuts’ business model is centered around serving each customer a warm, delicious, and made-to-order donut in its family-friendly and beach-inspired atmosphere. Duck Donuts describes its franchise opportunity as “a simple, fast-growing and easy to-run concept with a small footprint.” 

Duck Donuts also offers:

  • Multi-unit development options
  • Multiple store layout designs to fit a variety of scenarios
  • Non-traditional locations and food trucks
  • Catering and events for additional revenue opportunities 

Additionally, Duck Donuts provides each of its stores with the support, resources and tools they need to get up and running. The brand lists the following assistance that it provides new owners:

  • Real estate and construction
    • Assistance in securing and negotiating all lease or sale terms for your store 
  • Operations and training
    • Provides in-depth training and operations instruction
  • Marketing Team
    • Assists with all facets of marketing your location 

How Much Can Duck Donuts Franchise Owners Make?

According to the brand’s consumer-facing website, in 2022, the top 25% of Duck Donuts franchise locations earned an average of $847,623 in annual net sales. 

How Much Does It Cost To Open a Duck Donuts Franchise?

As of the publishing of this story, the initial investment required to open a Duck Donuts franchise ranges from $424,285 to $608,835. This investment is broken down into the following costs:

  • Franchise Fee: $40,000
  • Training Expenses: $0 to $2,500
  • Premises Deposits: $2,500 to $4,500
  • Professional Design: $6,000 to $15,000
  • Leasehold Improvements: $240,000 to $350,000
  • Signage: $8,700 to $13,500
  • Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: $110,000 to $137,000
  • Computer Systems: $15,000 to $17,000
  • Initial Inventory: $7,000 to $10,000
  • Grand Opening Marketing: $12,500 to $15,000
  • Professional Fees: $750 to $5,000
  • Licenses and Permits: $100 to $2,000
  • Insurance: $3,000 to $5,000
  • Operating Expenses Additional 3 Months Funds: $20,000 to $30,000

Franchise owners are also required to pay an ongoing royalty fee of 5% of gross sales and 2% toward a national marketing fund. 

What Is the Franchise Fee for Duck Donuts?

The initial franchise fee required to open a Duck Donuts franchise is $40K. Interested candidates must also have a minimum net worth of at least $400K and no less than $200K in liquid capital. 

Duck Donuts also offers a 10% discount off its initial franchise fee for qualified military candidates. 

Who’s On Duck Donuts’ Leadership Team?

What Helpful Articles Can I Read to Learn More About Duck Donuts?

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