On Saturday, February 20, Duck Donuts hit a major milestone, opening its 100th location. A commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the company’s founder and chief executive officer Russ DiGilio took place at the new store in Louisville, the first shop to open in Kentucky.

To celebrate the grand opening, the first guest in line received a Duck Donuts gift basket that included a free one dozen donuts per month for a year, and every 100th guest received a free half dozen donuts. Additionally, all Duck Donuts Rewards members were rewarded 100 bonus points.

“Our family-owned donut shop has come a long way in 14 years and we’re excited to celebrate the 100-store milestone with our newest owner in Louisville,” says Russ DiGilio. “It’s been amazing to see the love for our warm delicious, and made-to-order donuts spread throughout the country and we’re proud that we’ve been able to support our local communities along the way through our Quack Gives Back program and various other charitable initiatives.”

DiGilio launched the donut brand in 2007 in the town of Duck in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and began franchising in 2013. Today, it has locations in 21 US states and Puerto Rico, plus 1 international store. Duck Donuts anticipates opening 30 new domestic, five international donut shops and six nontraditional locations in 2021.

“Today, our shops employ more than 3,000 people across the country, we’ve helped 70 franchisees follow their dream of owning their own Duck Donuts and we continue to sprinkle happiness to those who enjoy the unique Duck Donuts experience,” DiGilio says.