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Duck Donuts expands to Puerto Rico

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Duck Donuts has expanded to Puerto Rico. Founder and CEO Russ DiGilio, center, stands with new franchisees, Juan Carlos Pinero, left, and Jorge Ramos, right.
Duck Donuts has expanded to Puerto Rico. Founder and CEO Russ DiGilio, center, stands with new franchisees, Juan Carlos Pinero, left, and Jorge Ramos, right. - (Photo / )

Made-to-order doughnut franchise Duck Donuts has inked a deal to expand into Puerto Rico, with plans to add three stores on the island over the next three years.

The Cumberland County-based chain said it has signed a deal with Puerto Rican natives Jorge Ramos and Juan Pinero to bring the brand to the U.S. territory. The first location will be in the San Juan area.

Last month, Duck Donuts announced its first store outside the U.S., in Chile. Company officials said their goal is to expand the brand globally, citing Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic as target markets. The chain also is focused on West Coast growth.

"Our mission is to serve a warm, edible ring of happiness around the globe and our decision to expand to Puerto Rico allows us to be one step closer to attaining this goal," said Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts.

The company was founded in Duck, North Carolina, in 2006. It opened its first franchise location in Virginia in 2013 and is now operating 78 franchise locations in the U.S. and Chile.

Ducks Donuts has 145 additional contracts signed for new locations in 26 states.

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