CANTON, Mass., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Gilligan Oil Company, LLC for six new restaurants in Cincinnati. Currently, Gilligan Oil owns and operates three restaurants in the Cincinnati market with the most recent location opening on 10809 Montgomery Road. Three more are in development and with this deal Gilligan Oil will have 12 locations open and operating by 2016.
Gilligan Oil was founded in 1993 by Pat Gilligan. Since its inception, Gilligan Oil has grown to 38 G&C locations, 21 Subway's, three Popeyes and a wholesale division that provides gasoline to over 50 stations through Cincinnati and Columbus.
"We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence in Cincinnati and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," said Pat Gilligan, president and CEO, Gilligan Oil Company, LLC. "We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our additional restaurants in the years to come."
In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Dunkin' Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. To help fuel growth in Ohio, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and an extra $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time*.
To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin' Donuts has aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets. As a result, the company continues to expand with single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements.
"Dunkin' Donuts is excited to welcome Pat and his team back to the Cincinnati market," said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of franchising and market planning, Dunkin' Brands, Inc. "We are still looking to expand our presence here and are looking for qualified franchisees with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team in Ohio and encourage prospects to take advantage of our special incentives."
Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin' Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides a consistent, high-quality product guests expect "in the way and on the way" of their daily routines. 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.
According to Benson, "Dunkin' Donuts is proud to energize Americans and keep the honest, hard-working, value-driven people of this country running every day. Our recent and ongoing menu enhancements meet the needs of today's on-the-go consumers, moving Dunkin' Donuts beyond breakfast with high-quality food and beverage items available all day."
Historically a doughnut and hot coffee chain, Dunkin' Donuts has expanded its offering to include frozen and iced beverages, a full bakery assortment including bagels and muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and an all-day Oven-Toasted menu which includes flatbread sandwiches, hash browns and buttermilk biscuits. The platform marks the most significant change to Dunkin' Donuts' product lineup since the company launched espresso-based beverages in 2003.
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About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's everyday, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five years running. The company has more than 9,700 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $6.0 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.
*Details available in the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document
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