Two new Donatos Pizza locations have opened in South Carolina and Georgia as the Ohio-based chain continues to expand its footprint into the American South.

Tuesday, June 20, saw the opening of a Donatos location in the Charleston, South Carolina market and another one in the Savannah, Georgia market.

The Charleston location is the first Donatos store for local franchise partner Hobie Hondros and the second Donatos store in the Charleston market, joining one in Summerville owned and operated by Dane Kopnisky, a franchisee in that community since 2016.

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“We are so excited to bring Donatos pizza to the West Ashley area and introduce more of the Charleston community to the great food Donatos offers,” Hondros said. “The Summerville community loves Donatos pizza, and we know the residents of West Ashley will, too.”

“I’m excited to see Donatos growing again in Charleston,” said Kevin King, president of Donatos. “Hobie brings great background and experience, and I’m confident he will bring the Donatos mission to life in his store in West Ashley.”

Meanwhile, local franchise partners Adam Kurena, Bob Fischer and Cassandra Greene opened Donatos Whitemarsh in Savannah. It’s the second Donatos store in that market. “The people have really embraced us and fallen in love with Donatos pizza since we first opened, and this allows us to feed even more people and, in turn, give back to the community in an even bigger way,” Kurena said.

“Adam, Bob and Cassandra have already done a great job of introducing Donatos in Savannah,” King noted. “It’s always exciting to see growth happen, and we can’t wait for more of Savannah to enjoy Donatos pizza with the opening of this new store.”

One of the hallmarks of Donatos is giving back to the communities they serve. Donatos West Ashley is looking to form local partnerships that will positively impact and benefit the community. Meanwhile, Donatos Whitemarsh will continue the efforts already being made by Kurena, Fischer and Greene through their first Savannah store, including partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, the Humane Society, local schools, and others.

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