Excitement Brewing in Shaler with Opening of New Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant

Pittsburgh Metro Area Franchisees Celebrate by Offering Free Coffee on March 15*

Mar 14, 2011, 10:43 ET from Dunkin' Donuts

PITTSBURGH, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Shaler at 911 Butler Street (just off Rt. 8 William Flynn Hwy, Etna) on Tuesday, March 15. This will be the 23rd Dunkin' Donuts location in the region and the 15th store opened by The Heartland Restaurant Group, the area's largest franchisee.  To celebrate the grand opening, participating Pittsburgh metro area Dunkin' Donuts locations will provide a free medium coffee, hot or iced, to customers who say "I'm Drinkin' Dunkin'!" when ordering on opening day*.

"The Pittsburgh metro area continues to be an important market for Dunkin' Donuts," said John Dawson, Chief Development Officer for Dunkin' Brands.  "A key ingredient to our success in the Pittsburgh market is our ability to attract local Franchises, like The Heartland Restaurant Group, who are committed to delivering best-in-class guest service and investing in the local community."

The Heartland Restaurant Group, the largest area Dunkin' Donuts employer, employs more than 350 people in its restaurants alone, part of a total of 500+ people employed by the Pittsburgh Metro franchisee group. Heartland continues on a rapid growth track, opening five stores in 2010 and planning five more this year, in addition to the new Shaler restaurant.

The Shaler location will be open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM (drive-thru open until mid-night), seven days a week and is complemented by a delicious menu created by Dunkin' Brands' culinary team, including Dunkin' Donuts high-quality, great-tasting menu items that can be enjoyed all day, including signature favorites such as a wide-variety of hot and iced coffee and baked goods to new menu products, like the Big N' Toasty.

Dunkin' Donuts is the leading baked goods and coffee chain in the world, selling 1.5 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and more than one billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats every year. Today, there are more than 6,700 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in 36 United States, plus the District of Columbia, and more than 2,900 international restaurants in 30 countries.

For the fifth year in a row, Dunkin' Donuts was nationally recognized as number one in customer loyalty in the coffee category by the 2011 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement. The annual Brand Keys survey identifies brands that are best able to engage consumers by meeting or exceeding their expectations, which creates loyal customers.

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*Offer good in participating Pittsburgh Metro area stores only on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. One free medium coffee, hot or iced, per customer – the recipient must say "I'm Drinkin' Dunkin'!" to qualify.

SOURCE Dunkin' Donuts