CANTON, Mass., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, Eliasco, LLC, to develop 15 new restaurants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul South Metro area including the surrounding cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, St. Paul, West St. Paul, Woodbury, and other communities south of the Metro area. The first restaurant under the agreement is planned to open in 2018.
Led by Elias Saman, the new franchise group will manage and oversee the development and operations for each Dunkin' Donuts restaurant. The group has vast experience in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry and currently owns and operates multiple local gas and convenience stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"We are proud to join the other Dunkin' Donuts franchisees in expanding the brand's presence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul South Metro area, and providing the opportunity for the people who live, work and visit here to experience all that Dunkin' Donuts has to offer," said Elias Saman, Dunkin' Donuts franchisee. "We believe in the power of the Dunkin' Donuts brand and look forward to sharing our passion for the products with the communities that we will serve. Our group looks forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come."
Franchise opportunities remain available in Rochester, Minnesota. To help fuel additional growth in the market, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings. *
In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.
"Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brand's growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing brands by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry," said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin' Brands. "We are thrilled that this new franchise group has joined the Minnesota market, and know the new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants they are developing will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the communities they'll serve."
Since the 1950s, Dunkin' Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin' Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.
*Details available in the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document
About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,900 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
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