You guys, there's an opening date for the Richmond location of Duck Donuts!
"The Duck Donuts team is excited to announce our OPENING at The Shops at Willow Lawn - Monday, December 15th! Stop by for your first taste of our Warm, Delicious & Made to Order Donuts in Richmond, VA!
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday (6AM - 7PM)
Sunday (6AM - 5:30PM)"
As we reported earlier this year, Duck Donuts is looking at opening franchises all over the country.
The Richmond location is at the Shops at Willow Lawn, at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Unit 130.
Previous from July 7:
UPDATE: Duck Donuts is coming to Richmond and they have their first location.
Read all about it in this release from Duck Donuts:
"After an extensive search of the Richmond area, Keith Exton, Duck Donuts Franchisee, has selected and Duck Donuts Franchising Co. has approved The Shops at Willow Lawn for the first Duck Donuts store in Richmond.
"Duck Donuts is looking forward to bringing their warm, delicious & made to order donuts to their many fans in the Richmond market as well as introducing their donuts to new customers.
"Over the last two years, The Shops at Willow Lawn has gone through an extensive renovation by Federal Realty. This location provides a great mix of tenants, both existing and new incoming businesses, that are complimentary to the Duck Donuts family fun concept. The center is easily accessed from Broad Street from both east and west and has ample customer parking.
"Outdoor seating will be available, which is adjacent to the Duck Donut’s store. It will be a great place for families who want to spend time in the area. It is also convenient for those who want to make a quick stop to pick up their Duck Donuts.
"The anticipated opening date of that the store is fall of 2014."
Original March 26, 2014
If you've been to the Outer Banks and you've got a sweet tooth, you've likely had the Duck Donuts experience. Well, prepare yourself to save the 170-mile trip, it is coming to Richmond.
Duck Donuts started in Duck, N.C., in 2006 and has grown to four shops in the Outer Banks. The first franchise outside of North Carolina opened in Williamsburg this past fall and there will soon be two in Virginia Beach.
Duck Donuts has a fun made-to-order process for customers to get their doughnuts. You can select among its fresh-made cake doughnuts and an array of glazes and toppings to create the doughnut the way you want.
And from personal experience, the prices (in Summer 2013) weren't bad either.
Co-owner Robin Griffith confirmed that Duck Donuts awarded a franchise for Richmond but has not selected a site and does not have a time-frame for when the franchise might open. In fact, the owners are hoping to open franchises all over the country.
"We're doing it slow and controlled, but trying to get out closer to our customers," he said. They get many customers from out of the region who visit the Outer Banks, get hooked on the doughnuts and want more.
"We've got an amazing fan base. We ship donuts all over, folks from New Jersey, Ohio, California, everywhere," Griffith said.
We're going to leave it to you Richmond -- where should the first Duck Donuts open?