WALLINGFORD — Neil’s Donuts plans to open up a second location in Middletown this summer.
The popular doughnut shop, which has been open for more than 18 years, posted to Facebook Tuesday morning about the expansion. Although a contract with the owner of the Middletown building has not been signed, owner Neil Bukowski said he wanted to quell rumors.
“We’ve been working on this for six months,” he said. “It's just a matter of signing.”
The second store will be in a new building at 211 S. Main Street that is also home to a Citizen’s Bank branch. It will have about 1,000 more square feet than the Wallingford location and include a drive-thru and outdoor patio. The new store will offer doughnuts, muffins, coffee and breakfast sandwiches, and not the cookies, cupcakes and Danish available in Wallingford. The doughnuts will be made on site in Middletown.
Bukowski said the second location will be largely run by his son Rob, who has been pushing expansion for years.
“I just wanted to get our donuts to everyone throughout the state,” Rob Bukowski said.
Rob Bukowski said he had been searching around the area for a good spot and noticed the Middletown building when he was helping a family member move into a place nearby. He’s excited for the ample parking, size of the building, high traffic and proximity to a hospital and college.
Father and son expect the Neil’s Donuts name will bring business right away.
“I have a feeling it's gonna be as busy as Wallingford right from the start,” Neil Bukowski said.
He said the Wallingford spot, 83 N. Turnpike Road, will operate as usual.