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New donut shop opening in Ammon next weekend


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Duck Donuts is opening May 1 at 2675 Sunnyside Road in Ammon. Get a look inside and meet one of the owners in the video player above. | Rett Nelson,

AMMON – A highly-anticipated restaurant in Ammon is getting ready to open its doors soon.

Duck Donuts is opening at 2675 Sunnyside Road next to Super Chix inside the new Hillcrest Plaza the first weekend in May. A grand opening celebration will begin at 8 a.m. on May 1.

“The first guest in line … will receive a free Duck Donuts gift basket and a free dozen donuts every month for a year. There will be a drawing for a second customer to win monthly donuts as well as more door prizes and merchandise giveaways,” Karen Murray, Vice President of Powers Brand Communications LLC, a marketing firm for Duck Donuts, says in a news release.

There will also be a drawing for someone else to win free donuts every month for a year, as well as drawings for other prizes throughout the day. Those prizes include T-shirts, mugs, coupons and other swag and of course, lots of donuts.

Bonnie and Wyatt Wetsel of Idaho Falls are the owners of the Ammon store. Bonnie tells construction got underway in December three months after it was announced in September. After a year of preparation, she’s excited to finally open and begin serving customers.

“We think it will be a great addition to the community. We’re really excited to be here,” Bonnie says. “We’ve had to lock the door back up while we’re finishing setting the store up because we’ve had a lot of interest, a lot of people coming in (with the opening of Super Chix next door).”

Wyatt says the store’s proximity to Hillcrest High School and other retailers made it an attractive spot for the state’s second Duck Donuts location.

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Duck Donuts is a national franchise offering warm, made-to-order donuts with a nearly unlimited amount of flavors and combinations. The duck donut is the signature offering, which is a vanilla cake donut coated, topped and drizzled to the customer’s liking. Seasonal flavors will be available as well.

“We’ll be opening with a summer assortment selection,” says Bonnie. “There’s breakfast sandwiches. We’ve partnered with Reed’s Dairy to offer donut sundaes and milkshakes, along with hot beverages like coffee, espressos and cappuccino.”

The family-friendly store has a viewing area where customers can watch their donuts being made. A kit is available to purchase and take home so people can have a similar experience with their families.

“We’re not selling donuts, we’re selling an experience (for customers to enjoy),” Bonnie explains. See how it works in the video player above.

Wyatt and Bonnie Wetsel pose for a photo inside their store. | Rett Nelson,

The Wetsels have fond memories of going to a Duck Donuts location in Utah, and their experience inspired them to open a location in eastern Idaho. Bonnie says the donuts were irresistible and the restaurant offered an unforgettable experience and values they admired.

Duck Donuts first opened in 2007 in the beach resort towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with the intention to create an oasis for vacationers to enjoy fresh donuts. The company started franchising in 2013, and has grown to include more than 100 locally owned and operated shops across 21 states and one international location in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A Meridian location is opening this weekend.

Bonnie and Wyatt Wetsel have lived in the Idaho Falls area since 2008. They also own 5 Star Truck and Auto, a car dealership at 6030 South Yellowstone Avenue in Idaho Falls. The Wetsels have five children and recently became grandparents.

Once the Ammon store is up and running, the couple plans to open another location in Twin Falls and Jackson.

Duck Donuts in Ammon will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the grand opening. After that, the hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Donut flavors available at Duck Donuts | Rett Nelson,