The popular doughnut chain Duck Donuts is opening on June 6 in Greenville, marking the fifth location in South Carolina and the first in Greenville.
Located in Plaza on Pelham at 3935 Pelham Road, the family-owned franchise specializes in made-to-order vanilla cake doughnuts with a variety of topping options.
“You won’t see any doughnuts sitting out and getting stale,” said franchise owner Greg Terry. “It’s freshly made right when you order it, and it’s topped the way you want. Whatever you imagine, we can create it.”
Duck Donuts also offers a full service coffee bar, ice cream and breakfast options — including an infamous doughnut breakfast sandwich, made from a sliced doughnut topped with egg, cheese, sausage or bacon.
Terry, a Clemson graduate and avid Tigers fan, opened the new location with his wife, Julie Terry, after moving from North Carolina two years ago to be closer to Clemson’s campus.
“I didn’t want him to be one of those 80-year-old men hunched over the wheel driving hours on the highway after every Clemson game,” Julie Terry said.
The couple have an unlikely background for two people opening up a doughnut shop. They were in the funeral business for years, running three family-owned funeral homes.
“We’re both very people oriented,” Greg Terry said. “I enjoyed the work because it was a great ministry, I met a lot of good people, and I was able to help them through some of the toughest times in their lives.”
Julie Terry frequently worked alongside her husband as a funeral director’s assistant, although she admits she might not have had the best composure for the job.
“Sometimes I’d be crying more than the family members themselves,” she said, laughing about it now. “Nobody wants a sobbing funeral director’s assistant. So when we were thinking about making a change, I told Greg, ‘We need to do something happy!’”
They were still planning their move to Clemson when Julie Terry tried Duck Donuts in Hilton Head. She raved about the doughnuts to her husband, who eventually tasted his first Duck Donut in Charlotte. The idea began to take shape for them to get into the doughnut business.
They’ll admit there isn’t a lot of connection between funerals and doughnuts, although Greg Terry said there is at least one similarity.
“I have a friend, he told me I’m in the hole business — that I went from holes in the ground to doughnut holes,” Greg Terry said. “I told him that might be pushing it a little.”
The couple said once they get the Greenville location running smoothly, they plan to open additional locations in Clemson, Spartanburg and Anderson.
Duck Donuts hours
Monday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.