With more than 100 locations nationwide, donut chain Duck Donuts is making its way into Las Vegas with a location planned for the Strip, at the Grand Bazaar Shops. Spearheaded by franchise owner Gary Kopel, who has built experience with four Duck Donuts shops in California, the new location will be the Pennsylvania-based brand’s first in the state of Nevada.
“I’ve always liked Vegas,” Kopel told What Now Las Vegas in a Wednesday afternoon phone call. “The city, the food, the entertainment. I thought, let’s try Vegas. I think this will do amazing.”
The new 768 sq.-ft. shop will offer guests the chain’s elevated donuts, which come in exciting varieties like Bacon in the Sun (Maple Icing, Chopped Bacon, Salted Caramel Drizzle) and Blueberry Pancake, and which also come in the form of classic breakfast sandwiches like bacon, egg, and cheese—right where you’d expect a bagel to be.
In recent years, the chain has also started to offer ice cream, allowing it to craft donut sundaes and shakes.
“It’s really ice cream, not soft-serve,” Kopel said. “It’s all about the fact that we’re adding the same toppings as the donuts.”
These include, for example, S’mores shake with graham cracker and dark chocolate. In the case of the upcoming Duck Donuts location, the brand is also debuting another concept: the boozy shake, an item that will make the brand another surefire stop for anyone looking for a fun snack on a night out on the Strip.
“The Las Vegas area is an attractive market for tourists, locals, and businesses, presenting a unique and exciting opportunity for our growing brand,” Duck Donuts CEO Betsy Hamm said in a press release. “Having a presence in the heart of Las Vegas will give our brand visibility and exposure to the 40+ million visitors Las Vegas welcomes each year, helping increase brand awareness as we continue to focus on our aggressive growth strategy.”
Las Vegas’s first Duck Donuts donut shop is expected to open this fall.