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    Dunkin' Donuts Inks Deal with Gilligan Oil

    Oil company will open five restaurants in Cincinnati within the next three years.

    CINCINNATI -- Gilligan Oil Co. signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin' Donuts for the development of five restaurants in Cincinnati. The first location is anticipated to open in 2010 and the remainder by 2012.

    Dunkin' Donuts' Cincinnati development is part of a steady and strategic growth plan, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country, to help drive the coffee and bakery chain's presence, Dunkin said.

    Gilligan Oil, founded in 1993 by Pat Gilligan, operates TCBY, Subway and Popeyes franchises, Gills Car Washes and is the regional franchise developer for the ExxonMobil "On the Run" convenience franchise. In addition, it is southwest Ohio's largest distributor of Shell-branded gasoline and also operates Sunoco and Exxon gas stations.

    "We are proud to expand our franchise portfolio to include Dunkin' Donuts and look forward to playing an important role in the daily lives of people who live and work in the Cincinnati community," Gilligan said in a statement

    To complement this agreement, Dunkin' Donuts' is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants in Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Columbus. Opportunities range from large store development agreements to a minimum of one or two units.

    Franchising opportunities are also available in a variety of cities in the U.S. within the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Opportunities exist throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan, among other states.

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