Shipley Do-Nuts, one of the nation’s oldest donut brands, has signed a development deal with Charlotte-area franchisees John and Lillian Brijeski to open its first North Carolina locations beginning in late 2024.

Founded in Texas in 1936, Shipley Do-Nuts has more than 340 locations across 12 states today, selling more than 60 varieties of donuts, kolaches, hot coffee and cold brew.

“After trying Shipley Do-Nuts for the first time in South Carolina, we agreed they were delicious and that we needed to bring the world’s greatest do-nuts to the residents of North Carolina,” says Lillian Brijeski, who is serving as president of the company that will build, own and operate the shops. “We also fell in love with the company and the Shipley story after our visit to Houston to explore the opportunity to open locations of our own. We love the Do-Happy motto and want to spread that theme throughout the Charlotte area.”

“John and Lillian have experience in running a successful franchise business, a strong background in finance, a great first location and a passion for the Shipley Do-Nuts brand,” says Shipley Do-Nuts chief executive officer Flynn Dekker. “Our focus is on growing our brand with high-quality franchisees, and they are the ideal partners to bring Shipley to North Carolina. We welcome them to the Shipley Do-Nuts family.”

Shipley is rapidly expanding throughout the South and Southeast and opened its first shops in Maryland and Georgia this year. It recently opened development opportunities in the Midwest for the first time and is offering territories throughout Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio