Shipley Do-Nuts is set for massive expansion

Shipley Do-Nuts, makers of gourmet, made-fresh-daily do-nuts for more than 85 years, has newly signed deals to open 30 Georgia locations. The state’s first location is planned for Duluth, Georgia, in Q4. Further they are also expanding to new states across the Southeast and recently entered South Carolina, with deals also signed to open up to 25 locations in Maryland.

“It’s been our stated goal to get Georgia into our new store pipeline, so having these deals inked is an important milestone for our growth strategy,” said Shipley CEO Clifton Rutledge. “We welcome our new Georgia franchisees to the Shipley family and are counting the days until our first Georgia shop opens.”

The expansion is driven by two franchisee groups. Dallas-based ARFD Foods LLC, operated by Andrew Robertson and Franklin Diaz, signed an agreement in mid-March to open up to 25 Shipley Do-Nuts locations, including the first one in Duluth.

“I was impressed with the brand love Shipley has in Texas, and after meeting with the company’s new leadership, I knew I wanted to be part of growing the brand in new markets,” said Diaz. “Atlanta is a dynamic city that I believe will embrace this iconic and beloved Southern brand.”

Shipley is currently exponentially expanding its footprint, with over 350 agreements in new locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida and Colorado over the next five years. The company is actively recruiting additional franchisees in new and existing markets, including a focus on increasing its presence in Colorado and Oklahoma. For more information, visit

About Shipley Do-Nuts

Founded in 1936, Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts is a leading do-nut restaurant franchisor and manufacturer of specialty food products. Shipley franchises over 330 restaurants to a diverse group of operators across 10 states and has served its do-nuts, kolaches and beverages to generations of guests. Shipley is ranked No. 144 on Entrepreneur’s 2022 Franchise 500 list, the highest in its category. For information on franchising, visit


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