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Dunkin’ Donuts plans to pour on the franchises in North Texas expansion

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Java fans may finally be able to get more Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Canton, Massachusetts-based restaurant chain announced today it has signed a multi-unit store development agreements with four existing franchise groups to develop approximately 65 new restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding area including Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties.

These new restaurants will include several multi-brand locations with sister brand Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. There are currently more than 35 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and more than 110 locations throughout the state of Texas, but locations in Fort Worth proper, for instance, have been lagging. Additionally, as part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth throughout Texas, a new restaurant opened in mid-November in Euless.

“We believe we can eventually grow our presence in Dallas-Fort Worth to around 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, and are thrilled that these four highly-qualified and existing operators have committed to growing both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands over the next several years,” said Grant Benson,vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the local communities they serve.”

But you’re saying, “Wait a crème-filled donut minute, didn’t Dunkin’ announce a deal with Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman a few years back to develop more bearclaw-serving locations in the area?” Right you are, caffeine commentator. But earlier this year, Dunkin’ Donuts – formally known as Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. – apparently poured that deal down the drain.

The four franchise groups and their development plans throughout Dallas-Fort Worth include:

• Quality Brand Dallas LLC, plans to develop approximately 35 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including several multi-brand units with Baskin-Robbins, in Wise, Rockwall and Hunt Counties. This group has also acquired 10 existing locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The franchise group is led by Hank Huth, who currently operates 18 restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona under the entity InterOcean Coffee Company LLC.

• Anju Donuts of South Dallas plans to develop approximately 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including several multi-brand units with Baskin-Robbins, in Palo Pinto, Parker, Hood, and Johnson counties. They have also acquired eight existing restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. This group also currently operates three Dunkin’ Donuts in Houston and two in Beaumont, with plans to develop eight and three more restaurants, respectively, in each market. The members of this network also operate 13 restaurants in New York City and New Jersey. Led by Hiren Patel, the team’s first Dallas-Fort Worth location under this agreement is planned to open in fall 2017.

• Dallascious Donuts, plans to develop 10 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including three multi-brand units with Baskin-Robbins, in Cooke and Grayson Counties, and have also acquired ten existing locations in the market. Led by Hitesh Patel, the group currently owns and operates 22 Dunkin’ Donuts in South Florida. The group’s first location under this agreement is planned to open in the first quarter of 2018.

• WF Donuts LLC plans to develop at least five new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including two multi-brand locations with Baskin-Robbins, in Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro and Hill Counties. This group, led by brothers Mak and Moiz Kurani, also has plans to develop three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and one multi-brand unit with Baskin-Robbins in Wichita Falls, over the next several years, and their first location under this agreement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is planned to open in 2017.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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