Duck Donuts recently announced a third Orange County, California shop inside SteelCraft, a Long Beach-based outdoor urban eatery built with repurposed shipping containers. The shop, owned by Minal Mehta and Gary Kopel, opened Friday, February 13.
In addition to donuts, the shipping container serves Duck Donuts’ signature coffee blends, donut breakfast sandwiches and made-to-order milkshakes and donut sundaes featuring Thrifty vanilla ice cream. The shop also offers a vegan cake-based donut option.
“As our third donut shop in California, and our first shipping container model within the franchise, we are excited to expand our reach to serve warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts further inland,” says Gary Kopel. “We’re looking forward to joining the list of SteelCraft vendors, giving us the opportunity to unite with other local eateries in this unique dining space.”
The shipping container shop is the first of many additional nontraditional spaces to come for the emerging brand. Duck Donuts anticipates opening 30 new domestic, five international donut shops and six nontraditional locations in 2021.
“Our growth strategy for 2021 is focused on adding more nontraditional locations to our pipeline, such as food trucks, airports, entertainment venues, and college campuses, as these locations offer great visibility for our brand, and allows our franchisees to produce high volume, quality food in a small space,” says Dwayne Hoffman, Duck Donuts vice president of franchise development. “Nontraditional locations offer many benefits to franchisees as it allows them to open faster and are more cost efficient, while still offering our unique made-to-order experience that we are known and adored for.”