Randy's Donut shop in Inglewood, Los Angeles county 2100x1400

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Randy’s Donut shop in Inglewood, Los Angeles county

American chain Randy’s Donuts is looking for franchise partners to support its launch in the UK.

The Los Angeles-based company has a global estate of 35 shops currently comprising 15 across California and Las Vegas, a dozen locations in the Philippines, six in South Korea, and a couple in Saudi Arabia.

Its range of sweet treats are freshly made by hand each day, and include classic glazed and iced ring doughnuts, jelly filled doughnuts, as well pastries such as twists, buttermilks, Old Fashioneds, Long Johns, Bear Claws, and cinnamon rolls.

Randy’s is known for the 10-metre-wide doughnuts perched on the roof of its outlets, most famously at its original drive-thru store opened in Inglewood in 1952 (see above). This popular photo op has appeared in numerous films such as Iron Man 2, and Mars Attacks!

“We are thrilled to announce that Randy’s Donuts is coming to the United Kingdom,” said Randy’s CEO Mark Kelegian. “We are confident that our unique brand and delicious doughnuts will be a hit with UK customers as it has been in Asia, the Middle East and the USA.”

A selection box of glazed and iced doughnuts from Randy's

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A selection box of doughnuts from Randy’s

The company said it was looking for a UK-based franchise partner with experience in the restaurant industry, a strong understanding of the UK market, and ideally able to develop and operate multiple locations. Suitable candidates are advised to complete an online application form via its website.

Randy’s is also looking to continue its international expansion through franchisees in other markets including Australia, Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, and Spain.

Several other bakery brands are also attempting to extend their estates via a franchise model in the UK. This includes fellow American company Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Canadian quick-service restaurant chain Tim Hortons, and Ireland-headquartered Bakers + Baristas.

Greggs, meanwhile, plans to open between 140 and 160 new shops this year, having cut the ribbon on its 500th franchise outlet last month. Egg-free cake specialist Cake Box has also continued to add franchises, with new brand identity currently rolling out across its locations.

Competing for a share of the UK doughnut retail market are the likes of Krispy Kreme, an established US brand with plans for further growth here, Dunkin’ which has plans to double its UK estate in the next two years and Derby-based Project D, which opened its first three physical locations in recent months.