Dunkin' Donuts Announces New Franchisee in Columbus, Ohio

USA Restaurant Developers LLC to Open 30 Restaurants

CANTON, Mass., Feb. 14 // PRNewswire // -- Dunkin' Donuts, the world's largest coffee and bakery quick-service restaurant chain, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Columbus-based USA Restaurant Developers LLC, a national restaurant development company, to open 30 stores in Columbus, Ohio. The company's Columbus market expansion plans call for two units to open in 2008 and the balance within five years including restaurants in Delaware, Marion, Union, Hardin, and Madison counties.

Additional opportunities still exist for new franchises in Columbus and its surrounding counties including: Franklin, Crawford, Morrow, Knox, Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Perry, Hocking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Ross, Pike and Fayette.

The Dunkin' Donuts' store development agreement in Columbus is part of an aggressive national growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country. The company is actively seeking new franchisees to own and operate a minimum of five restaurants to help direct the company's future growth.

"To fulfill our national expansion goals, Dunkin' Donuts is looking for multi-unit franchisees, like USA Restaurant Developers LLC, with a strong organization and the ability to manage multiple units effectively and successfully," says Lynette McKee, vice-president of franchising and business development, Dunkin' Brands, Inc. "We also look for prior restaurant operations and real estate development experience."

Building a network of restaurants also enables Dunkin' Donuts to invest in a distribution model that ensures consistent, high-quality products that customers expect when visiting a Dunkin' Donuts location. In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers franchisees a variety of designs and venues, including free-standing stores, sites within shopping centers and convenience stores, as well as other retail environments.

According to McKee, "Dunkin' Donuts will satisfy a growing demand in Columbus for high-quality coffee, beverages, and baked goods that are available all day. Dunkin' Donuts is proud to energize Americans and keep the honest, hard-working, value-driven people of this country running every day -- whether it's in a boardroom, a schoolroom or a construction site. We look forward to being a vibrant part of the community and playing an important role in the daily lives of the people who live and work in and around Columbus."

Dunkin' Donuts has been serving world-class coffee - freshly ground and freshly brewed -- and great bakery items for more than 57 years. The company is the country's leading retailer of hot and iced coffee, selling more than one billion cups of coffee each year, and sells more donuts and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America. The passion for Dunkin' Donuts coffee is almost unmatched in any category. AOL.com readers recently rated Dunkin' Donuts the "Best Overall Coffee" and the "Best Fast-Food Coffee." In addition, Brand Keys, a leading authority on customer loyalty, named Dunkin' Donuts the number one brand for customer loyalty in the coffee and donut category.

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, today Dunkin' Donuts is the number one retailer of hot regular coffee-by-the-cup in America, selling 2.7 million cups a day, nearly one billion cups a year. Dunkin' Donuts is also the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world and sells more hot regular coffee, iced coffee, donuts, and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America. Dunkin' Donuts has more than 7,200 franchised restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For additional franchising information, visit http://www.dunkinfranchising.com or call (877) 9-DUNKIN.

SOURCE Dunkin' Donuts

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