Industry News | April 7, 2009

Dunkin' Donuts Inks Chattanooga Expansion Plans

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Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Bluemont Group LLC to develop in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 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 $20 million 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," says 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, Tennessee. 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.