Daylight Donuts

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Daylight Donuts
Founded1954; 67 years ago (1954) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US
FounderTommy and Lucille Day
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Number of locations
  • approx. 1,000 total
  • approx. 950 in the US
Areas served
Key people
  • Raised Doughnuts
  • Cake Doughnuts
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Coffee
ParentDaylight Donut Flour Company

Daylight Donuts is a Tulsa, Oklahoma based chain of doughnut shops, founded in 1954.[1] Owned by the privately held Daylight Donut Flour Company, LLC, the chain has approximately 1,000 locations in 13 countries.[1][2] Each Daylight Donuts store is independently owned and operated.


Founding and Expansion[edit]

The origins of Daylight Donuts can be traced back to Tommy and Lucille Day in 1954. The couple opened a small business in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began producing doughnut mix in the mornings and selling them to shops in the afternoon, mostly out of the trunk of their car.[1] The couple created a new doughnut mixture that they believed was more flavorful and had a lighter consistency than many other doughnuts on the market.[1] The couple decided to call this business, "Daylight Donuts Flour Co."[1] Mr. Day, having previously worked in the baking industry, helped a friend, Mr. Durard Pendergraft open a small doughnut shop in Joplin, Missouri on September 22, 1954.[1] The store initially sold doughnuts for 37 cents per dozen.[1]

By 1960, the company had grown enough that the Days were able to hire two new employees and also built a 20,000 square foot facility for additional space.[3] In 1977, the Days retired and sold the company to Jerry and Linda Hull.[3] By this time, there were more than 200 Daylight Donuts stores in operation. Also during this time, the company began using its own fleet of trucks.[3] In 2002, John and Sheila Bond purchased the company. The new owners expanded the production facility into a 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility. They also increased the products that were offered by the company.[3][third-party source needed] In 2003, the company started its own private label coffee and began selling it to shop owners.[4]

Recent History[edit]

The original Daylight Donuts location (2124 S. Main Street) was destroyed in the 2011 Joplin tornado and has since relocated to 2316 S. Main Street.[1] As of 2016, Daylight Donuts operates 430 licensed locations where Daylight Donuts are made and over 1,000 locations worldwide where they are sold.[1] Additionally, Daylight Donut Flour Company, LLC produces 230,000 pounds of doughnut mix per week, enough mix for 2.5 million doughnuts weekly.[1] Throughout its entire history, each Daylight Donuts store has been independently owned and operated.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Joplin Dude's was first 'Daylight Donuts' shop in country" (English). Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  2. ^ Darnell, David (15 February 2017). "Doughnut business heats up with new shop". Derby Informer. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Daylight Donuts: About Us" (English). Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  4. ^ "Daylight Donuts' Business Recipe: A Made-From-Scratch-Success" (English). Retrieved 2019-02-21.