The first Donut King outlet opened in March 1981, in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi, Sydney. It was operated by the Papoulious family, selling primarily donuts and coffee. A new partner, Murray d’Almeida, joined the business two years later. He subsequently bought out the family and founded Retail Food Group which now manages the franchise operation in Australia and internationally.
By 1994 there were 32 Donut King stores in New South Wales with an annual turnover of more than $10 million. By 2015, the franchise operation had grown to more than 320 stores in Australia, as well as outlets in New Zealand, China, Papua New Guinea and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. D’Almeida and two partners built Retail Food Group into Australia’s largest multi-food franchising group. It also manages Brumby’s Bakery, Michel’s Patisserie, bb’s cafe, Pizza Capers, Esquires Coffee Houses, Crust Gourmet Pizza and The Coffee Guy.
Donut King outlets are typically located in shopping malls. In March 2014, the first stand-alone, drive-thru Donut King store opened in the Brisbane outer suburb of Deagon. It offers “extensive donut, savoury and cold beverage lines” as well as the opportunity for customers to create their ideal hot dog, donut or cold drink. With a children’s playground and a décor featuring bright arrays of sweets, it’s taking that sugar hit to a whole new level.