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Danny’s Donuts in Oakwood continues to thrive despite competition next door
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Danny's Donuts opened its third location Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in the Kroger-anchored Royal Lakes Marketplace off Winder Highway in Oakwood. - photo by Scott Rogers

A local donut shop found itself in direct competition with a national chain last year.

Since 2019, Danny Donut’s in Oakwood, which also has locations in Buford and Gainesville, was the single go-to place for donuts inside Kroger-anchored Royal Lakes Marketplace off Winder Highway. 

That all changed in December 2022, when a Dunkin’ franchise opened its doors nearby. 

Danny’s Donuts

Where: 4037 Winder Highway., Suite 501, Flowery Branch

Hours:  5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday

More info: or 470-892-5092

Five months later, Danny’s Donuts owner Synat Kheav told The Times that the business remains as busy as ever with a slight exception.

“We have had a little slow down with the coffee,” Kheav said. 

Along with a variety of doughnuts, which at Danny’s are made in-house, both restaurants sell coffee, breakfast sandwiches and specialty beverages. 

Unlike Danny’s, Dunkin’ customers have the advantage of a drive-thru. However, Danny’s Donuts has the upperhand in the sense that it was established in the shopping center first, which has helped the business maintain local support, according to longtime customer Robert Williams.

“We don’t go to Dunkin’ Donuts because we (would) rather shop at a local business,” Williams said one afternoon while picking up doughnuts at Danny’s.

When asked why she thinks Dunkin’ opened a location near Danny’s, especially when there is a Dunkin’ just north of the shopping center on Mundy Mill Road, Kheav said she didn’t know. 

“I can’t do anything about it,” she reasoned.

Danny’s opened its first location in Gainesville in 2016 before expanding to its other Hall County locations, none of which operated near any Dunkin’ locations until now.

Dunkin’ officials couldn’t be reached by The Times for comment.

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A Dunkin' franchise can be seen from the front door of Danny's Donuts in Oakwood. Both doughnut shops are part of the Kroger-anchored Royal Lakes Marketplace off Winder Highway, where Danny's opened in 2019. The Dunkin' franchise was built last year. - photo by Donnell Suggs
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A Dunkin' franchise operates in the Kroger-anchored Royal Lakes Marketplace in Oakwood. The franchise opened in December 2022 near Danny's Donuts, a locally owned doughnut shop that has operated in vacinity since 2019. - photo by Donnell Suggs