Shore Good Donuts Expanding to Manahawkin

Jun 28, 2017
Source: Shore Good Donuts/Facebook

One thousand likes, 472 shares and a couple hundred fans tagging their friends to let them know – that’s the feedback Shore Good Donuts got in the first several days when the owners announced on their Facebook page that they are opening a third shop, this one in Manahawkin.

Doughnuts will pop fresh off the assembly line in a highly trafficked location at 495 Route 72 East next to Spirits Unlimited, which previously held a Sprint phone store.

From all this interest, you’d think the baking would be starting tomorrow, but, no, the store is not slated to open until October or November.

“I didn’t expect the reaction to get crazy like this,” said co-owner Todd Hunt, who fielded calls from regional newspapers and radio stations just hours after he posted the “Special Announcement” on Facebook. “They’re talking about it on the radio.

“This is what I wanted to happen, and it’s great, but I didn’t expect it to explode like this,” he said. “We’re really excited; we’ve had so many people reach out to us.”

“Now we won’t even have to cross the bridge” was a reaction echoed by Facebook followers who see the confections made to order in front of them in Ship Bottom and Beach Haven.

Hunt and co-owner Rich Platt will be expanding the menu at the Manahawkin site into breakfast sandwiches and “donut sandwiches” (picture pairing doughnuts and pork roll, yum.)

A specialty coffee bar – cappuccino, frappuccino, espresso drinks – will go down well with warm doughnuts, too.

The other locations will remain open. In Ship Bottom at 1211 Long Beach Blvd., it’s their seventh year, and Beach Haven has a three-year-old location at 14 South Bay Ave.

The Manahawkin site is bigger than the other two. The new owners have been eyeing it ever since it was the Blockbuster video store, more than five years ago. Its nice size leaves room for stylized seating.

“We’re going to look for some different thing, kind of like a diner setup,” Hunt said, “with table tops and also stools along the counter where you can see the action that’s going on as the doughnuts are being made.”

The co-owners do know that “people love our product.” Said Hunt, “I know people go across the bridge purposely just to get our doughnuts sometimes.”

The annual “free donut and coffee day” in the spring prompts Facebook comments from people far inland who say that makes it a good reason to head down to the shore that day.

This summer, the Ship Bottom and Beach Haven locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. until Labor Day.

— Maria Scandale




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