CANTON, Mass., Aug. 11, 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 two existing franchise groups to develop nine Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and one multi-brand unit with Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, in Alabama over the next several years.
The two franchise groups and their development plans include:
- Existing franchisee Bluemont Group, LLC, plans to develop five new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the Greater Birmingham area, specifically in Gadsden, Talladega, Anniston and Oxford. This group currently operates 22 restaurants throughout Tennessee in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, and will also be developing restaurants in Atlanta. Led by Dave Baumgartner, the team's first Birmingham location is planned to open in summer 2017.
- Existing franchise group, Shri Ambe, LLC, plans to develop four Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, including one multi-brand unit with sister brand Baskin-Robbins, in Montgomery. Led by Sachin Patel, Samir Patel and Hemen Patel, this team currently operates one Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Auburn. This group's next restaurant is planned to open in 2017.
"Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to both our brands' growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing companies 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 these existing franchisees have chosen to expand Dunkin' Donuts' and Baskin-Robbins' presence in Alabama. We know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the local communities they serve."
Dunkin' Donuts' Alabama franchise opportunities are currently available in the Greater Birmingham and Huntsville communities, additionally a limited number of existing operating restaurants are available for purchase. To fuel growth, the company is offering special development incentives, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.*
An Informational Franchising Webinars will be held on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) for candidates interested in learning more about the unique franchising opportunity Dunkin' Donuts offers. Visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com to register.
"As an industry leader in franchising for more than 65 years, Dunkin' Donuts focuses on keeping our loyal guests coming back for more, and as part of the brand's growth throughout Alabama we are looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team," added Benson.
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. Additionally, multi-brand restaurants that combine Dunkin' Donuts with Baskin-Robbins under one roof offer even more opportunity to drive traffic during various day parts – from early morning breakfast and coffee all the way to after-dinner ice cream treats.
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. Baskin-Robbins offers guests a delicious range of creative ice cream flavors, custom ice cream cakes, ice cream sundaes, frozen beverages and take-home frozen treats.
To learn more about Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or www.BaskinRobbins.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts or www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts or www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins).
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 19,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the first quarter 2016, Dunkin' Brands' nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,900 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.
*Details available in the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document
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