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    Dunkin' Donuts Seeking Franchisees in Eight States

    Chain wants candidates interested in developing a restaurant outside of the larger metropolitan areas.

    CANTON, Mass. -- Dunkin' Donuts is searching for qualified franchisee candidates to expand its brand in towns and communities throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee.

    "As part of our strategic growth plan, we are excited to offer this opportunity to qualified franchisee candidates who are interested in developing a restaurant outside of larger metropolitan areas in these regions," said John Dawson, chief development officer for Dunkin' Brands Inc. "With more than 60 years in franchising, we've found the development and successful operation of a Dunkin' Donuts can deliver a significant impact to the community it serves and we are actively seeking local entrepreneurs to become the face of the brand in their towns."

    The search for new franchisees is part of the chain's initiative to double its number of U.S. restaurants over the next 20 years. To achieve this goal, it has tailored development approaches designed to suit the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets, the company reported.

    "We're looking for community leaders who may already operate local businesses, such as other restaurants, retail outlets or even convenience stores and gas stations, who have the passion, financial qualifications and experience to operate a Dunkin' Donuts," Dawson added. "Our restaurants are typically owned and operated by small-business owners, and our development teams work closely with our franchisees to find the development solutions that meet the needs of individual markets."

    In joining Dunkin' Donuts, franchisees will have access to world-class training and ongoing operational support, along with other benefits; become part of a nationally established brand with 98-percent brand recognition; and benefit from a multi-million dollar advertising fund, the company noted.

    To keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts for multiple real estate formats, such as free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities and other retail environments.

    Dunkin' Donuts currently operates more than 7,000 restaurants in 36 states.

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