Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Gilligan Oil Company, for 13 new restaurants throughout Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas.

The first new restaurant is planned to open in 2014.

Led by Pat Gilligan, Gilligan Oil Company has an active multiunit store agreement requiring the opening of 19 new restaurants throughout Cincinnati, Ohio, of which seven are open and five more are under construction for 2013.

Gilligan Oil Company was founded in 1993 and has extensive experience in the gas and convenience industry, including retail and wholesale divisions that provide gasoline to more than 80 stations throughout Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio.

“We don’t build anything now without a food franchise in it, as we believe it provides us the best returns on our investment,” Gilligan says. “The Dunkin’ Donuts brand has already been very successful for us in Cincinnati, and we are excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence throughout Dayton and the state of Ohio.

“In fact, we will be building freestanding Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants with drive thrus as well,” he adds. “We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of more Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in years to come.”

Although the Dayton market is officially sold out, opportunities throughout Ohio remain available in Toledo, Lima, and multiple counties in the southeast portion of the state.

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.

“Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high level of customer service to our guests every day,” says Grant Benson, vice president of franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We believe this existing franchise partner will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become integral parts of their local communities.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format, including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, and other retail environments.

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