Industry News | April 13, 2011

Dunkin' Veterans to Open Six Stores in Cincinnati


Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Gilligan Oil Company for six new restaurants in Cincinnati.  

Gilligan Oil already owns and operates three restaurants in the Cincinnati market with the most recent location opening on 10809 Montgomery Road. Three more are in development, and with this deal, Gilligan Oil will have 12 locations open and operating by 2016.

Gilligan Oil was founded in 1993 by Pat Gilligan. Since its inception, Gilligan Oil has grown to 38 G&C locations, 21 Subway's, three Popeyes, and a wholesale division that provides gasoline to over 50 stations through Cincinnati and Columbus.

"We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence in Cincinnati and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work, and visit here, Gilligan says.  "We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our additional 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 Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. To help fuel growth in Ohio, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and an extra $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time.  

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 multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements.  

In addition to the expansion in Ohio, Dunkin' Donuts recently announced expansion in its Kansas City market.

"Dunkin' Donuts is excited to welcome Pat and his team back to the Cincinnati market," says Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of franchising and market planning, Dunkin' Brands. "We are still looking to expand our presence here and are looking for qualified franchisees with foodservice, operations, and real estate experience to join our team in Ohio and encourage prospects to take advantage of our special incentives."

Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin' Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides a consistent, high-quality product guests expect "in the way and on the way" of their daily routines. In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

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