CLARK, NJ – The shop had been open since December, but its owners wanted to wait for beautiful weather like that on Saturday's sunny and 75-degree afternoon to officially introduce its goods.

Duck Donuts, located at 77 Central Ave in the Clark Circle Shopping Plaza, hosted it's official "Hatching Ceremony" where owners Ron Bevan and Kristin Maloney welcomed their neighbors and Duck Donut fans with games, prizes and of course, doughnuts.

Bevan and Maloney were inspired to open their first Duck Donuts franchise during a vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first Duck Donuts shop was opened in Duck, North Carolina, from which the chain got its name, and since then, over 70 locations have been opened across the country. 

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"We experienced it there and thought it was amazing," said Maloney. "When we heard they were franchising, we said 'let's do this!'"

The chain's products include customizable, made-to-order doughnuts, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts. You can select a doughnut from the "featured donuts" list such as maple icing with chopped bacon or you can create-your-own by choosing a flavor, toppings, and a drizzle.

"Everything starts as a yellow cake donut then you can do whatever you want and whatever you can dream up in terms of toppings," said Maloney. "The beauty of it is that they're all made to order so you come in, they get dropped in the fryer for about 90 seconds, they come out warm, and that's really the amazing part. You get a nice, fresh, warm donut."

In the window hung an "Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation" sign. Duck Donuts of Clark plans to give back to the community each month as part of the company's "Quack Gives Back" effort. 

"One of our focuses is childhood cancer," Maloney said. "For the month of May, we're supporting Alex's Lemonade Stand, and then in June, we'll be supporting Christian Ferrao."

Ferrao is a senior at Arthur L. Johnson High School fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

If you love Duck Donuts, they can even cater your next event. Whether it's a child's birthday party or a wedding, Duck Donuts has packages that can accommodate all.

CONTACT DUCK DONUTS

FACEBOOK: Duck Donuts (77 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ)

PHONE NUMBER: 732-540-8711

STORE HOURS

SUN - THUR
6:30 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

FRI - SAT
6:30 a.m.  – 9 p.m.