Industry News | November 8, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Fuels Growth with 10 Hess Locations

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced that existing franchisee George Ross, chief executive of Coastal Franchising LLC, has partnered with Hess Corporation to own and operate Dunkin’ Donuts self-serve restaurants in 10 Hess locations in the greater Charleston, South Carolina, area. 

In 2007, Coastal Franchising LLC acquired four Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Charleston and has since added five more restaurants to its portfolio.

With this announcement, they will own Dunkin’ Donuts self-serves at Hess locations and nine standalone Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

The first two Hess self-service units located in North Charleston and Summerville will both open on Friday, November 9, with the remaining eight self-serve units scheduled to open by mid-December, which include:

·      1602 Highway #7, Charleston

·      3208 Ladson Rd., Ladson

·      3490 Ashley Phosphate Rd., North Charleston

·      2685 Ashley Phosphate Rd., North Charleston

·      971 A Crowfield Blvd., Goose Creek

·      8620 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston

·      2245 Savannah Highway, Charleston

·      4306 Ladson Rd., Ladson  

“As existing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, George Ross and his team possess a wealth of knowledge on the brand, and we are thrilled they are expanding their network in Charleston,” says Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of development, Dunkin’ Brands. “The opening of these new locations is a great opportunity to expand the reach of the Dunkin’ Donuts brand, while offering Charleston’s on-the-go consumers a convenient place to enjoy high-quality coffee and baked goods.”

To celebrate the grand openings, each restaurant will offer guests free product samplings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the first four weeks of operation.

All 10 restaurants will be open seven days a week and offer a limited self-serve menu of Dunkin' Donuts’ internationally recognized coffee, donuts, and bakery goods.

"Dunkin' Donuts is one of the world’s leading brands, and it has also become a favorite in Charleston,” says George Ross, chief executive, Coastal Franchising LLC. “We are thrilled to bring Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality products to a new foodservice venue in the region, and hope to become a popular destination for guests amidst their daily routines and busy travel schedules.”

Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin’ Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides consistent, high-quality 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. 

"We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide greater value to our customers in Charleston by offering an outstanding brand such as Dunkin' Donuts," says Joe Novack, Hess Corporation, Suneast Regional Director. “We see this is an important step in our commitment to delivering a great experience for our customers and continuing to grow our brand.”