4 December, 2022, 06:55

Donut Wheel at Campbell & Irvington is closing after nearly 35 years in business

"We appreciate all the great memories."

It’s the end of an era for Donut Wheel on Campbell Avenue and Irvington Road. The sweet shop that has been serving its tasty doughnuts for nearly 35 years is permanently closing its doors on Friday, October 28.

It wasn’t ideal but the owners, Sam and Sandra Phetdara, had been on a month-to-month lease with the property management company since 2007, so the possibility of them needing to move out of the building had been on their minds for quite some time.

Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

The reason for the closure: the land was sold to an unknown national chain.

“My dad came to America as an immigrant from Laos and this was his American dream,” said Melinda Phetdara, daughter of Sam and Sandra. “We would love to find a new location because we have so many loyal customers but, unfortunately, my Dad is 63 now, and making doughnuts is a very labor-intensive job. He feels like he’s too old to start over and wants to retire.”

From now until they close its doors one last time, Donut Wheel at 4801 S. Campbell Ave. will be open daily from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for enjoying our doughnuts and all their support throughout the years— especially during COVID when we only had our drive-thru open,” said Melinda Phetdara. “People that came here were not only our customers but our friends. We appreciate all the great memories and we will miss them dearly.”

Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

Many people here in Tucson are familiar with the Donut Wheel shops in town, which are all locally owned and operated, but each one is independently owned by different families. However, folks had their favorite spot to visit from time to time and the shop just south of I-10 will be missed dearly.

“People loved our doughnuts so much they have taken them back home to the Midwest, East Coast, Northwest, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, China, Laos, and Vietnam,” said Melinda Phetdara. “On Friday, October 28, we will have a grand send-off and customer appreciation party.”

Donut Wheel is located at 4801 S. Campbell Ave. For more information and to keep up with the latest, follow Donut Wheel (Campbell location) on Facebook. 

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