Dunkin' Donuts Announces New Franchisee in Chattanooga, TN

Bluemont Group, LLC to Open Four New Restaurants; One Location Planned to Open in 2010

CANTON, Mass., April 7 // 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 Bluemont Group, LLC to develop in Chattanooga, TN. The franchisee's short term plans call for one unit to open in early 2010 and three more to open in the next several years with the intent to ultimately develop 21 franchise units throughout the Chattanooga DMA.

Dave spent eleven years as Senior Vice President of Anderson Media, a privately held, multi-billion dollar supply chain corporation that purchases, markets, distributes and provides in-store merchandising services for media products including books, magazines, pre-recorded music and video to retail stores nationally. Prior to Anderson Media, Dave has been General Manager of Kansas City Periodical Distributing Company, a $20MM wholesale operation, and has held various department management positions at Procter & Gamble in its soap manufacturing division.

"We are proud to bring Dunkin' Donuts' to the Chattanooga community," said Dave Baumgartner. "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 four restaurants purchased by Bluemont Group, LLC Dunkin' Donuts is still seeking qualified franchisees interested in purchasing units in Knoxville, Memphis, TriCities, Jackson and Nashville. Dunkin' Donuts development of the Chattanooga 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 Bluemont Group, LLC 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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