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Duck Donuts opens franchise's 100th store in Louisville

The shop specializes in made to order cake donuts. You can choose between a variety of toppings, coatings and drizzles.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — What started as small, family-owned donut shop in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is now expanding to Louisville.

Duck Donuts opened its 100th store in St. Matthews Saturday morning.

Duck Donuts specializes in made to order cake donuts. You can choose between a variety of toppings, coatings and drizzles.

To celebrate that grand opening this morning, Duck Donuts gave the first person in line a free box of a dozen donuts each month for one year.

Friends Abby Jones and Claire Burgin got to the store Friday night, and camped out until Saturday morning when the store opened at 8 a.m.

“We just wanted to come out here and sit, we didn’t actually think we were gonna do it,” Jones said. “Once we got here, we buckled down and it kind of just became a challenge.”

In addition, every 100th customer Saturday will get a free half dozen donuts because this is the 100th store.

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Zachary Brooks and his friends saw the store in Shelbyville Road Plaza before it opened. They hadn’t heard of the made to order donut shop, looked it up online and decided to try it out on day one.

“We kind of just came out here for some donuts,” Brooks said. “We had nothing better to do, either sleeping or coming here.”

When the store finally opened, there was a long line.

“It is very exciting, especially because this morning it was 13 degrees just to see the line wrapped around the door,” Duck Donuts PR Manager Kristin Kellum said. “We have warm donuts and that’s what I kept telling people, ‘thank you so much for coming, our donuts, our coffee are hot.’”

Duck Donuts is giving a percentage of its grand opening sales to support Harbor House of Louisville – which is a nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities through employment, education and community building opportunities.

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