Industry News | July 20, 2010

Kalamazoo, South Bend on Tap for Dunkin'

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Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with Sack of Donuts LLC for eight new restaurants in South Bend, Indiana, and Portage/Kalamazoo, Michigan. One restaurant will open in 2011 and the remainder by 2015. Dunkin' Donuts' development throughout the region is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help drive the leading coffee and bakery chain's growth.

Sack of Donuts LLC is led by brothers Mike and Andy Knapick and Dewayne White, former NFL starting defensive end for the Detroit Lions. The local entrepreneurs also own eight Jimmy John's and a Bar Louie operation spread out between the South Bend and Kalamazoo markets.

"Our team has built a strong reputation with our two current concepts and we're very excited about adding a third operation to our portfolio and expanding Dunkin' Donuts' presence in South Bend, Kalamazoo, and Portage," says Mike Knapick, managing member for Sack of Donuts LLC. "We all have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and know Dunkin' Donuts will thrive in each of these markets."

In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Dunkin' Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants in Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.

"Dunkin' Donuts is excited to expand its footprint in South Bend, Kalamazoo, and Portage with Sack of Donuts LLC," says Grant Benson, vice president of franchising and market planning for Dunkin' Brands Inc. "Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests everyday and we're confident Mike, Andy, and Dewayne will cultivate lasting relationships and become an integral part of these three communities."