Franchise 500 2023
2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#131 Ranked #144 last year
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Initial investment
$655K - $1.3M
Units as of 2023
344 Increase 8.5% over 3 years

Company Overview

About Shipley Do-Nuts

Industry Food
Related Categories Doughnuts, Baked Goods, Breakfast/Brunch Restaurants
Founded 1936
Parent Company Peak Rock Capital
Leadership Flynn Dekker, CEO
Corporate Address 5200 N. Main St.
Houston, TX 77009
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest
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Imagine stepping into a world where an iconic brand has not only satisfied the taste buds of many but has also etched itself into the hearts of generations – that’s Shipley Do-Nuts. With a variety of over 60 mouthwatering offerings of hot, freshly made Do-Nuts and kolaches, Shipley has fostered a “cult-like” following that speaks volumes about its offerings.

However, Shipley Do-Nuts is not just a delicious treat – it’s an entrepreneurial opportunity dripping with potential. Shipley is growing, with multi-unit development possibilities in prime territories across the southern and eastern United States. Supported by an experienced leadership team, our growth strategy is designed to make a huge impact on communities around the U.S. The support systems in place include real estate, construction, training, marketing, and operational assistance, all designed to ensure your transition into Shipley franchise ownership is a positive and rewarding experience. 

Shipley has over 345 locations operating across the nation and has plans to continue its impressive growth in the next few years. The brand was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as being the #1 brand in its category and ranked #144 overall in the top 500 franchise listing. Shipley was also recognized as one of Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2023.

The future of Shipley Do-Nuts is a journey marked by greatness, as we set our sights on exceeding 600+ locations by 2026. Beyond being a brand, Shipley is a movement, a force that not only transforms taste buds but also uplifts and supports entire communities. The success of our market optimization strategy is evident through the commitments we’ve garnered for new shops in key regions such as Texas, Georgia, Florida, and Colorado. Online ordering innovations have driven over 20% incremental sales growth, while a remarkable +21% YOY comp sales growth in 2022 underscores our momentum.

To unlock a world of opportunities with Shipley Do-Nuts, the initial investment per shop ranges from $655,000 to $1,339,500. A franchise fee of $40,000 and a development fee of $10,000 per unit are part of this exciting venture. So, journey with us as we transform not just donuts, but business ownership dreams. Shipley Do-Nuts is more than a franchise – it’s a family, a community bound by the love of indulgence and innovation. Together, let’s script a future that’s rich in flavor and prosperity!

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1987 (36 years)
# of employees at HQ 75
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

# of Units 344 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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Initial Investment Information Circle
$655,000 - $1,339,500
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
15 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Shipley Do-Nuts has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: equipment, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 136 hours
Classroom Training 24 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 10
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: December 12th, 2022