Dunkin' Donuts Announces New Franchisee in Owensboro, KY

Nita Patel to Open Five New Restaurants


CANTON, Mass., March 24 // PRNewswire // -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's favorite everyday, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Nita Patel for the development of five restaurants. The franchisee's plans call for 1 unit to open in 2010, and the balance within the next 3 years.

Nita Patel has extensive personal and family background in hospitality, food and beverage. Currently, Nita owns a Super 8 Hotel which is known in the city of Owensboro as one of the finest establishments in its tier. As a child, Nita's parents owned and operated a Dunkin' Donuts franchise so she is quite familiar with the Dunkin' Brands business and the donut industry.

"We are proud to bring Dunkin' Donuts' to the Owensboro community," said Nita Patel. "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 here."

In addition to the five units purchased by Nita Patel, Dunkin' is still looking for new franchisees to purchase a minimum of five restaurants in Evansville including the surrounding counties of Warrick, Posey, Gibson, Spencer, DuBois and Daviess. Dunkin' Donuts development of the Evansville DMA is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help direct the company's future growth.

"Dunkin' Donuts is excited to welcome Nita Patel to the market," says Lynette McKee, CFE, vice president of franchising, Dunkin' Brands, Inc. "These Restaurants will satisfy a growing demand in the market for high quality coffee and baked goods that are available all day."

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 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 the community."

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite everyday, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is the #1 retailer of hot and iced regular coffee-by-the-cup in America, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the #1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for three years running. The company has more than 8,800 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2008, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $5.5 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

SOURCE Dunkin' Donuts

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