Industry News | April 12, 2011

Former NFL Lineman to Help Dunkin' Grow in Kansas City

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Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with the Savoureux Corporation for five restaurants in North Kansas City. The first restaurant will open in 2012 and the remaining four units will be developed by 2016 in the suburbs of Liberty and Gladstone.  

Zach Wiegert, a retired 12-year NFL lineman and Outlined Trophy winner, has teamed up with NFL great Kris Brown and Jeff Woodbury, a principal of Woodbury Corporation, to develop the area. Wiegert is a long-time real estate development partner of Woodbury’s, and runs the Midwest office of Woodbury Corporation, a 98-year-old, Utah-based development company that owns and operates real estate projects in 11 states. 

“We are excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in North Kansas City and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” Wiegert says. “We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our restaurants in the years to come.”

In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Missouri in Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield, St. Joseph, Joplin, and Pittsburgh. Opportunities also exist in Ottumwa and Des Moines, Iowa. 

To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin’ Donuts has aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets. As a result, the company continues to expand with single and multiunit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. 

“Dunkin’ Donuts is excited to welcome Zach, Kris, and Jeff to the North Kansas City market,” says Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of franchising and market planning, Dunkin’ Brands Inc. “Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high level of customer service to our guests every day, and we’re confident Zach and his team will cultivate lasting relationships and become an integral part of the community.”