Krispy Kreme Franchise Opens Its First Store in Thailand
20 Franchise Stores Planned For The Country Over Five Years
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation today announced that its franchisee, KDN Company Limited, has opened the first Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in the Kingdom of Thailand.
The new store is located in the Siam Paragon shopping center, a premium destination conveniently located in the heart of the Bangkok business district. The Siam Paragon boasts a wide array of luxury brands, concept stores and unparalleled dining establishments.
"As we continue the expansion of our brand around the world, we are thrilled that now consumers in Thailand will be able to share in the unique Krispy Kreme doughnut experience," said Krispy Kreme President - International, Jeff Welch. "KDN Company Limited is led by an accomplished group of business professionals, and we believe they will be a strong franchise partner for Krispy Kreme. We have great confidence in their ability to represent our brand and offer one-of-a-kind Krispy Kreme products to the Thai consumer."
"We are very happy to be part of the growing international Krispy Kreme family," said Ausanee Mahagitsiri, chief executive officer of KDN Company Limited. "The team here is excited to bring smiles to the Thai people by sharing exceptional Krispy Kreme products, especially the hot Original Glazed doughnut, with consumers in Bangkok."
Currently, the Krispy Kreme Original Glazed(R) doughnut can be found in 21 countries, including the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
About KDN Company Limited
KDN Company Limited is majority owned and controlled by Ms. Ausanee Mahagitsiri. Ms. Mahagitsiri and her family own and operate the PM Group, one of Thailand's largest conglomerates. PM Group interests include Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film, cold rolled stainless steel, golf courses/resorts, real estate development and instant coffee in partnership with Nestle under the "Nescafe" trademark in Thailand.
About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme shops can be found in over 630 locations in 21 countries. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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