Duck Donuts has continued the brand’s international growth with the recent opening of its first Canadian location in Burlington, Ontario. The shop is locally owned and operated by long-time Burlington residents and husband and wife duo, Diana and Stuart Reid. In 2021, the group signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to open three locations over the next four years.
Duck Donuts chief executive officer Betsy Hamm and chief development officer Eric Lavinder joined the franchise owners at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the location on Thursday, May 26.
“International expansion is a key component in our growth strategy and we are delighted to officially opening and introducing our warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts to our neighbors to the north,” says Betsy Hamm. “We are confident this first multi-unit franchise agreement will help us continue to generate interest throughout Canada and open many doors for our brand once the community has their first bite of a warm donut from Duck Donuts.”
“As long-time Burlington residents, it is an honor to open our first Duck Donuts location in the community we have been a part of for more than 20 years,” says Stuart Reid. “We look forward to welcoming guests through our doors and introducing them to warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts this brand is known for.”
In addition to donuts, the Burlington location also serves coffee, espresso beverages prepared with freshly ground beans provided by local roaster, iDrinkCoffee, breakfast sandwiches, frozen beverages, select retail items and more. The owners also serve milkshakes and donut sundaes with ice cream from beloved Canadian creamery, Kawarhta Dairy.
As part of the Quack Gives Back program, rubber duck sales during grand opening weekend will be donated to Community Living Burlington, to support the organization’s mission to enrich the quality of life and to promote full and meaningful inclusion in their community of people who have a developmental disability. Quack Gives Back promotes partnering with community groups to raise awareness and funds for their causes.