Founded in 1954 by husband-and-wife team Tommy and Lucille Day in Tulsa Oklahoma, Daylight Donuts was just the back of the Day’s car where they sold donuts in the afternoons. Their donuts became known because it was a new recipe developed by the Day’s and they decided to call it "Daylight Donuts Flour Co.”
That same year, a friend of the Days opened a bakery and sold the donuts. It was later turned into a Daylight Donuts, making it retroactively the first unit.
In 1977, the Days sold the business, and it was sold again in 2002 to its current owners, John and Sheila Bond. John Bond remains the company CEO to this day.
There are no corporate units of Daylight Donuts and each franchise unit is independently owned and operated.
Key Data: Daylight Donuts
Headquarters: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Segment: Quick Service
Restaurant Segment: LSR Coffee/Bakery
Number of US Locations: 418
2020 Sales: $214.6 million
Source: Datassential Firefly 500
CEO: John Bond
Parent/Group: Daylight Donut Flour Company, LLC