Industry News | November 6, 2013
Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Detroit
Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with three existing franchise groups to develop twelve new restaurants in Detroit over the next several years.
The three franchise groups and their development plans include existing franchise group Coffee Ventures LLC, which plans to develop seven restaurants in suburban Detroit. Led by brothers Duane and Chris Barbat and their partner Rick Reuter, the group’s first restaurant will open in 2014, and the remainder by 2017. This team currently owns and operates eight locations in the area.
Existing Detroit franchisees Tarun and Falguni Raval plan to develop one restaurant in Detroit. Currently, this duo owns and operates two Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination locations in the area. Their new Detroit restaurant is planned to open in 2014.
Existing Detroit franchisees Nick and Masoud Shango plan to develop four restaurants in Detroit. This father-son duo currently operates five locations in the area. Their next restaurant is planned to open in 2014, and the remainder by 2016.
Detroit is currently home to 53 restaurants, and Dunkin’ Donuts is pursuing opportunities to further develop the market with both existing and new franchisees. To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin’ Donuts has aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets.
“Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” says Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Detroit continues to be a key growth market for our brand, and we are thrilled that these existing franchise groups have decided to expand their portfolio and open more restaurants in the greater suburban area. We continue to look for qualified operators in Detroit to grow with us as the company continues to expand westward.”
Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture, and lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.
Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin’ Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides consistent products that guests expect. In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.
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