Our Story: Jack's Donuts

Photo of Origial owner Jack Marcum Sr. sitting next to Jack Marcum Jr. Holding baby Jack (Lee) Marcum III

A Family Thing...

For three generations since 1961, Jack's Donuts has been making donuts and rolls that have kept customers lining up at the door treats like Tiger Tails, Carmel Nut Rolls and Applesauce Donuts. April 2011 marked 50 years for Jack's and current CEO and grandson of Founder Jack Marcum Senior took over the business.

Timeline of Jack's History

Photo of Jack & Gary Marcum reading the new Jack's Donuts sign

April 1961 - How it All Began

Jack and Ada Marcum open the first Jack's Donuts in New Castle, Indiana.

Vintage photo of Jack Jr, Ashley and Shannon Marcum in the New Castle, IN 14th street shop

Summer 1979 - The Jack Marcum Jr Era

Jack Marcum Jr buys shop from his father.

Photo of CEO Lee Marcum standing in front of Jack's sign the day he took over as owner

2007 - 3rd Generation Jack

Jack "Lee" Marcum III buys Jack's Donuts.

Photo of Fishers, IN storefront

Spring 2013 - First Franchise Opens

Jack's Donuts opened it's first franchise.

Photo of Jack's Donuts cold drink tumbler

The Future

Jack's continues growth, expanding as new franchises continue to open around Indiana.

April 1961 - How it All Began

Jack and Ada Marcum opened the first Jack's Donuts when they bought a south-side New Castle, Indiana shop known as Bill's Donut Shoppe. Jack Marcum (Sr) worked at Tasty Pastry Pie Shop, Kenny Eaton's Bakery and Bill's before buying and renaming Jack's Donuts.

Jack and brother Gary Marcum viewing new donut ad
Jack Marcum Jr. circa 1979 with daughters Shannon and Ashley

Summer '79 - Jack Marcum Jr...The Next Era

All six of Jack and Ada Marcum's children worked at the shop at some point in their lives. But it was Jack Marcum Jr (Lee's father) that would take the reigns and buy the business from his father to carry on the legacy and legendary donuts. Jack is currently COO, still working at Jack's to this day.

2007 - Lee Marcum Becomes 3rd Generation Jack

Jack Jr's son Jack "Lee" Marcum III began working at Jack's when he was 14 years old. He wasn't sure he wanted to run the business. Ten years later, he returned to family business to buy Jack's Donuts just as his father had done nearly 30 years before.

Lee Marcum Standing in front of Jack's Donuts old logo sign

Spring 2013- Jack's Opens First Franchise

Jack's has always had a following from Henry County, Indiana natives. Whenever people moved to another area, they'd always stop by the local shop to satisfy that one-of-a-kind craving that's impossible to curb. It was that following along with urging from fans on that would eventually put Lee in a position to begin franchising. So in the spring of 2013, Jack's Donuts opened it'svery first franchiseabout 45 miles east of New Castle in Fishers, IN.

Jack's Donuts of Fishers, Indiana storefront

The Future of Jack's Donuts

Jack's continues to grow as new franchises are opening around Indiana. It's a family started relationship of trust that has been building for three generations for over 50 years. That relationship continues to grow and even though Jack Marcum, the man who started it all, passed away in 1983, he'd be happy to know that new generations of customers are lining up a at the doors opened up over 50 years ago.

Jack's Donuts cool drink tumbler
 

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