Duck Donuts expands to Chile, first location outside of U.S.
Fast-growing doughnut franchise Duck Donuts has opened its first international location.
The made-to-order Cumberland County-based doughnut chain, which was founded in Duck, North Carolina in 2006, opened a store today in Santiago, Chile.
Duck Donuts Franchising Co. said it inked a deal last year with OBX Alimentos SpA to open 10 stores in Chile over the next four years.
"We are excited to officially open our first location outside of the United States in Chile, a key market for us as Chileans are known for enjoying their sweet treats," said Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of the company. "We see enormous growth potential for Duck Donuts as we continue to actively seek qualified franchise partners to introduce and develop the brand in international areas of interest."
The Dieguez-Acuna family will develop the new Duck Donuts locations in Chile and has a track record of more than 50 years of business ventures in the South American country. Marcial Dieguez-Acuna, CEO of the franchise company, lives in Virginia and approached the chain about expansion into Chile after seeing the brand in the U.S.
Duck Donuts opened its first franchise location in Virginia in 2013. The company is now operating 78 franchise locations, including the new store in Chile. Ducks Donuts also has 147 additional contracts signed for new locations in 25 states and Chile, as well as plans for Puerto Rico.
The company's growth has largely been organic. But spokeswoman Kristin Kellum said the company is focused this year on expanding the franchise to the West Coast and internationally. She said Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic are target markets for international growth.