Dunkin' Donuts Opening Franchises in California

You've been hearing the Dunkin' Donuts rumors from your east coast friends.  You've been testing the waters of this fabled franchise while trying their most excellent Dunkin' Donuts coffee from whatever outlet would sell it.  But now, you will soon be able to check it out for yourself.

Dunkin' Donuts is planning on opening franchise locations in six counties in Southern California beginning in 2015.

The reason they're focused on So Cal first is that they have a distribution location close to that part of the state, in Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV.  Once the So Cal locations pay off, they plan on migrating northward within California.

The brand has seen decent growth over the years, adding up to a 4% increase in locations in 2012.  And they're looking for experienced franchisee's in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.  They also want locations in colleges, casinos, military bases, supermarkets and airports.

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Did you know that the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts, Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, also happens to own that yummy other franchise, Baskin-Robbins?

Below is the press release from Dunkin' Brands: -

Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, and one of the fastest growing quick service restaurant (QSR) brands based on unit growth, announced today that it is expanding to Southern California. Dunkin' Donuts has been strategically expanding in contiguous markets across the country with a long-term goal of having more than 15,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United States alone. In addition, the company will continue to open new restaurants in existing markets.
Specifically, the company is recruiting multi-unit franchisees for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange counties and expects restaurants in these markets will begin to open in 2015.  The company is also interested in identifying qualified food service operators for a wide range of non-traditional venues including colleges and universities, casinos, military bases, supermarkets, airports and travel centers.
Dunkin' Donuts also announced the opening of 291 net new locations in the United States in 2012, a net new unit growth rate of 4 percent. In 2013, the company says it plans to open 330 to 360 net new restaurants in the United States with growth coming from both new and existing markets, representing an increase of 4.5 percent to 5 percent.
"This past year was an exciting one for Dunkin' Donuts' growth in the United States, and we are delighted to begin 2013 with the long-awaited announcement that Dunkin' Donuts will be opening restaurants in California, where there is already incredible passion for our brand," said Nigel Travis, Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin' Brands and President, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. "Expansion to California has always been part of our plan to grow Dunkin' Donuts' presence in the U.S. We have maintained our disciplined approach to expand steadily while focusing on initiatives to improve restaurant economics and franchisee profitability. These initiatives include our recent agreement with our franchisee-owned and operated distribution and procurement facility, which ensures the same cost of goods to franchisees in both established and new markets by 2015."
"In addition to California, we believe we have incredible domestic growth opportunities for Dunkin' Donuts, both east and west of the Mississippi. On a global basis, we remain committed to our long-term development goal, which calls for us to accelerate to approximately a 5 percent net new annual development rate for Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins combined," continued Travis.   
In 2012, Dunkin' Donuts signed multi-store agreements in 32 U.S. markets, including Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Birmingham, Alabama; Denver, Colorado; Austin, Houston and Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.  Additionally, in 2012 more than 600 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants were remodeled across the country.
According to Grant Benson, CFE, Vice President of Development, Dunkin' Brands, "For our expansion into California, we are looking for qualified, multi-unit franchise candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to become part of a nationally established restaurant concept with more than 60 years of franchising experience and 95% brand recognition. Additionally, they will receive the benefits of a multi-million dollar national advertising plan, world-class training and ongoing support, among many other benefits."
In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers franchisees flexible design concepts including free-standing stores, end caps, in-line sites, kiosks and gas stations, as well as other retail environments. Dunkin' Donuts has aligned its development strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of each individual market.In addition, for a limited time, we intend to make special development incentives available, including reduced royalty fees in the early years and a $10,000 local store marketing contribution by the company for qualifying franchisees.
According to The NPD Group / CREST®, Dunkin' Donuts restaurants serve the most hot regular, decaf, flavored and iced coffee in America, selling 1.7 billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. Dunkin' Donuts was ranked number one in customer loyalty in the coffee category for the sixth consecutive year by the 2012 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. In addition to coffee and Fair Trade Certified™ espresso beverages, Dunkin' Donuts offers guests high-quality food and beverages served all day, including oven-toasted Bakery Sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and Wake-Up Wraps, bagels, donuts and MUNCHKINS®, muffins, Coolatta® frozen drinks, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items. Dunkin' Donuts restaurants also offer K-Cup® packs for use with Keurig® single cup brewers.
For more information about Dunkin' Donuts franchising, visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.
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