CANTON, MA (May 29, 2012) – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-store development agreement with new franchisee group, Star Restaurant Group, for nine new restaurants in Birmingham, AL. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013, and the remainder by 2017.

Together this team will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. The new franchisees have an extensive background in multi-unit, gas and convenience operations in two states, which include quick-service restaurant components.

“We are excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in Birmingham and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Sadruddin Hakani, President of Star Restaurant Group. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the years to come.”

Franchise opportunities are still available in Alabama, including in Huntsville and Montgomery. 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.

“Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of Development, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. “We believe these new franchisees will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Birmingham area community.”

Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin’ Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides consistent, high-quality products that guests expect. 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.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin' Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people. For more than 60 years, Dunkin’ Donuts has offered delicious food, beverages, and friendly service at a great value. To best serve its guests, Dunkin' Donuts offers an all-day menu including iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, muffins, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

Today, there are more than 10,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide – more than 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in 36 United States, plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,000 international restaurants in 33 countries.

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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 regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored 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 six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 billion. 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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