Excerpt By: Fox 8. Written By: Alex Rose.
The business is just about as fresh to Greensboro as its pastries. Duck Donuts opened up shop on Pisgah Church Road last week, and has already seen a lot of business.
Rebecca Johnson owns the Outer Banks-based business with her husband. The two have already opened up shops in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville, and now the Triad is their new hub.
Johnson says a big reason for expanding in North Carolina is a streamlined process for setting up shop. Having to only obtain a license from the state instead of also going to the city or county helps.
“The tax rate overall is fairly good as opposed to Virginia,” Johnson said. “We only have to pay a state tax as opposed to a county tax or a food tax locally.”
She also points out those rates helped her expand but also helps her give back to the 50-plus employees in her Greensboro shop.
“Putting money back in our pockets allows me to pay employees more,” Johnson said.
She says she pays above minimum wage and even has some salaried employees. Duck Donuts plans to open shops in High Point and Winston-Salem as well, adding roughly 100 jobs to our area.
“We have taxes that are lower and competitive than they were a few years ago and that’s attracting businesses to North Carolina,” said Republican Representative Jon Hardister from Greensboro.
Hardister says reforming the tax code plays a big role in bringing in more business. According to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina ranks 11th in the country in its latest state business tax climate index.