Mary Ann Donuts, Stark Countyâ€™s oldest doughnut store chain, has launched a local franchise program that President Pat Welden anticipates expanding nationally.
To date, two franchise shops have opened here. In North Canton at the Marcâ€™s Plaza, owners Tim and Becky Rodgers say the success of their traditional-style shop is due to the long-standing popularity of Mary Ann doughnuts.
A cafe-style shop in Southgate Plaza owned by Bill Smith offers the traditional Mary Ann menu, plus sandwiches and lunch items. Smith credits the companyâ€™s product quality and freshness with his success as a franchisee.