Dunkin' Donuts, America's every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, announced that it has signed agreements with two franchisees to develop 11 new restaurants over the next several years.

Locations targeted for development include the following:

  • Seven units are to be developed in Ft. Smith and Northwest Arkansas by Littlefield Oil Company. The first restaurant is slated to open in 2012 with the remaining six to open by 2018.  
  • Eric McDuffie and Sam Carter plan to open four restaurants in Hot Springs and Benton over the next several years. The first location is scheduled to open in 2012 and the remaining locations are scheduled to open by 2015.

"Little Rock is a priority growth market for Dunkin' Donuts in 2011, and we're excited to expand our footprint in Arkansas," 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. We're confident these franchisees will cultivate lasting customer relationships in the Little Rock and Ft. Smith area and become an integral part of their respective communities."

Little Rock is now sold out for franchise sales, but opportunities are still available in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas. Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts that can be customized for any real estate format, including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, and other retail environments.

"Dunkin' Donuts is proud to energize Americans and keep the hard-working, value-driven people of this country running every day,” Benson says. “Our recent and ongoing menu enhancements meet the needs of today's on-the-go consumers, providing them a convenient place where they can get high-quality products any time of the day."

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Dunkin’ Donuts would develop restaurants in California. The correct state for Dunkin' Donuts' additional expansion is Iowa

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