New development contract to bring 5 sites to Orange County area
Houston, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Shipley Do-Nutsmaker of fresh, everyday gourmet donuts for more than 85 years, will enter the Orlando, Florida market in 2022 after signing a new franchise agreement with MLD Hospitality LLC.
MLD Hospitality, led by restaurant industry veteran and former Orlando resident Michael Burns, will initially open five locations in Orange County, starting with one at 5919 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando in the fourth quarter . This will be Shipley’s fourth in the Sunshine State, with other locations currently open in Bradenton, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Burns says he thinks MLD and the Orlando market could support up to 50 Shipley locations in the future.
Burns first discovered the mark when he moved from Orlando to the Houston area four years ago. His wife wanted to surprise her team at work with donuts, and when she asked the family’s new neighbors where she should pick up the best donuts in town, the answer was unanimous: Shipley.
“Of course she also had donuts for the kids, and they absolutely loved them – our family still talks about the day we found out about Shipley,” said Burns, who is vice president of operations for MLD Hospitality and moves. back to Orlando this summer. “The donuts are so fresh – like your mom just made them and served them to you still warm. Nothing on the market compares, and we believe Orlando residents, as well as many visitors to the area, will embrace Shipley Do-Nuts as we have.
Fast-growing Shipley, which began selling hot and fresh donuts in Houston in 1936, focused on Florida as a growth market. In addition to the planned locations in Orlando, the company currently has a multi-unit development agreement to open three Shipley Do-Nuts in the Tampa Bay area. In total, Shipley has entered into agreements to open more than 350 new locations in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas over the next five years.
“Florida has been an area of focus for us, and we really got the ball rolling with this latest signing in Orlando,” Shipley Do-Nuts CEO Clifton Rutledge said. “Shipley is increasingly recognized by potential franchisees who see highly skilled multi-unit operators investing in our brand, then when they try the product for themselves, they’re hooked. It’s simply the biggest Do-Nut in the world.
Shipley is actively recruiting franchisees in all markets, with a focus on increasing its presence in Colorado, Oklahoma and the Southeast. For more information, visit ownashipleydonuts.com.
About Shipley Do-Nuts
Founded in 1936, Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts is a leading nut restaurant franchisor and specialty food manufacturer. Shipley franchises more than 330 restaurants to a diverse group of operators in 10 states and has served its donuts, kolaches and beverages to generations of guests. Shipley is ranked No. 144 on the Entrepreneur’s 2022 Franchise 500 list, the highest in its category. For more information on the franchise, visit ownashipleydonuts.com.