Dunkin' Donuts Opens The Chattanooga Market For Franchise Sales

World's Largest Baked Goods and Coffee Chain Plans to Develop 30+ New Restaurants

CANTON, Mass., June 3 // PRNewswire // -- Dunkin' Donuts, the world's largest coffee and bakery quick-service restaurant chain, is in the midst of a national expansion to increase its franchise locations in the U.S. Fueling this growth is today's announcement that Chattanooga, TN is now open for franchise sales with plans to open more than 30 new restaurants over the next several years. The company's plans call for selling of franchises in Chattanooga, as well as the surrounding counties of Rhea, Bledsoe, Meigs, McMinn, Grundy, Sequatchie, Marion, Hamilton, Bradley, Cherokee, Polk, and the North Georgia counties of Dade, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Walker, Chattooga and Fannin.

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

"To fulfill our national expansion goals, Dunkin' Donuts is looking for developers with a strong organization and the ability to manage multiple restaurants effectively and successfully in the Chattanooga and North Georgia market," said Lynette McKee, CFE, vice president of franchising, Dunkin' Brands, Inc. "We also look for prior restaurant operations and real estate development experience."

Building a network of stores 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 and other retail environments.

According to McKee, "Dunkin' Donuts will satisfy a growing demand in Chattanooga and North Georgia for high-quality coffee 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 Chattanooga and North Georgia."

Dunkin' Donuts recently launched its new, all-day Oven-Toasted menu. The new platform marks the most significant change to Dunkin' Donuts product lineup since the company launched espresso-based beverages in 2003. The menu items are available nationwide in participating cities.

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, today Dunkin' Donuts is the number one retailer of hot regular coffee-by-the-cup in America, selling more than 3 million cups a day, and more than 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 7,900 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. In 2007, Dunkin' Donuts' global system wide sales were $5.3 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

SOURCE Dunkin' Donuts

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