DUNKIN' DONUTS ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS, GA
David and Mark Weeks to Open One Restaurant in 2012 and the Remainder by 2015
CANTON, MA (December 13, 2010) --Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with brothers David and Mark Weeks, for four new restaurants in Athens, Georgia. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout Athens and the surrounding areas is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help drive the leading coffee and bakery chain’s growth.
Together, David and Mark have been operating restaurants in the Athens area for over seven years. They currently own three Barberitos Southwestern Grille franchises and three Mirko Pasta restaurants. Their first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant is expected to open in 2012 and the remainder will be developed by 2015.
“As Georgia natives, we have deep roots in the local community and are excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in the area and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Mark Weeks. “We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of these four restaurants in the years to come.”
During the first half of 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts opened 338 net new locations worldwide with 75 of those new restaurants opening in the U.S. The company also signed 72 new domestic development commitments, continuing to hold its spot as one of the fastest growing brands in the QSR industry.
In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Atlanta and in the surrounding areas of Albany, Columbus and Macon.
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 expand its footprint in Athens with David and Mark Weeks,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of franchising and market planning, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. “Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day, and we’re confident David and Mark will continue to cultivate lasting relationships and remain an integral part of the community.”
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 new platform marks the most significant change to Dunkin’ Donuts’ product lineup since the company launched espresso-based beverages in 2003.
About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite 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 four years running. The company has more than 9,000 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. In 2009, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $5.7 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.Dunkinfranchising.com.