The donut franchise company will open 10 locations across the UAE and Saudi Arabia
US-based donut franchise company Duck Donuts has announced the signing of two master franchise agreements that will allow the firm to develop and sub-franchise in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it was announced on Wednesday.
According to the agreement, Anjal Arabia Trading & Contracting Co. is set to open 10 locations across Saudi Arabia over the next five years.
The first location – which is expected to open in early 2020 – will be located in Riyadh.
In the UAE, Gold Peak Coffee Shop LLC also signed a master franchise agreement so bring Duck Donuts to the UAE, beginning with Dubai.
“We are delighted to enter into this relationship….expanding our Dock Donuts brand to countries that demonstrate a strong family culture and an enjoyment for coffee and sweets,” said Russ DiGilio, Duck Donuts founder and CEO. “Through this master franchise agreement, we believe this will continue to generate interest in the GCC.”
In a statement, Duck Donuts said its moves into Saudi Arabia were motivated and facilitated, in part, by Saudi Vision 2030.
“We believe in the idea that a visit to Duck Donuts is about having a unique experience in addition to consuming an excellent quality product,” Duck Donuts Saudi Arabia general manager Mohammed Alshehri said. “The act that the donuts are made to order in front of you makes them the ultimate in freshness and deliciousness.”
Mohammed Albaqami, Duck Donuts’ master franchisee in the UAE, said that “this will be a totally new concept for the Saudi and UAE consumer and one we’re sure will become a major success within the region as well as a chief competitor in the donut and coffee industry.”
Duck Donuts currently operates 83 locations across 26 American states and two countries, including its first international location in Santiago, Chile.