An Egyptian convenience store and gas station company plans to open 25 Duck Donuts locations after signing a master franchise agreement with the Mechanicsburg-based chain.
Master Foods, a managing group of retail stores, agreed to open 25 locations in Egypt over the next five years, the first of which is planned for New Cairo later this year.
“We are very excited to announce our expansion to Egypt and enter into this partnership with Master Foods, a group who is eager and ready to integrate the Duck Donuts brand within a country filled with rich history,” said Betsy Hamm, Duck Donuts CEO. “Not only are Egyptians always looking to try something new, especially desserts, but the culture has a strong focus on family values, which aligns perfectly with our brand.”
Duck Donuts opened its first locations in Duck and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 2007. The company became a franchise in 2013 and has since grown to operate 105 locations across the country and one in Dubai.
Ahmed Sabat, the new co-owner of Duck Donuts Egypt, said he discovered Duck Donuts through its Dubai location and knew that the brand would be popular in Egypt.
“(I) instantly knew this unique brand and made-to-order experience would make a great fit within the Egyptian culture that appreciates high-quality foods,” said Sabat. “Duck Donuts will land in the heart of Cairo and soon we will be able to sprinkle a taste of happiness to those throughout Egypt.”
Last month, Duck Donuts was acquired by Radnor-based private equity firm NewSpring Franchise in a move that is expected to accelerate the franchise’s growth to more markets.
Duck Donuts plans to open about 30 locations before the end of the year, and expand to 50 annually in 2022.