Dunkin' Donuts announced today a signing of store development agreements with franchisees QSR Group, LLC, and Guzaratti LLC to develop six new restaurants throughout Georgia. QSR Group will develop five Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in Macon, Georgia, including two multi-brand locations with Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Guzaratti, LLC will develop one Dunkin' Donuts location in a gas and convenience store.
New franchisees Nishith and Navnit Patel of QSR Group, LLC are both experienced multi-unit operators of quick service restaurants. They also have extensive experience in the Macon, Georgia area. Nishith and Navnit are dedicated to further developing the brand in the region with their first restaurant scheduled to open in 2018.
"We couldn't be more excited to develop Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, two iconic brands, in Macon. The team we've formed has a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful in multi-unit restaurant development and we're looking forward to our first of many openings next year," said Navnit, Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee. "As we expand throughout Macon over the next several years, we hope to attract new customers, as well as longtime fans of the brands, and show them the premium products and quality service we have to offer."
New franchisee Smita Patel of Guzaratti LLC is an Atlanta-based business owner with experience operating other restaurant concepts. Smita will include Dunkin' Donuts in a new "green" gas station and convenience store location in the Buckhead suburb of Atlanta. This new "green" location features three different power sources which will allow Dunkin' Donuts to continue serving customers if the surrounding area loses power. The Buckhead location is scheduled to open by the end of 2017.
With more than 190 Dunkin' Donuts locations in the Greater Atlanta and Macon areas, the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the Atlanta and Augusta areas. To help fuel additional growth in the market, special development incentives are available.
"Dunkin' Donuts' and Baskin-Robbins' growth would not be possible without the introduction of new franchisees to the system, which demonstrates their high confidence in our brands and world-class support team," said Grant Benson, CFE, Senior Vice President of Franchising and Development, Dunkin' Brands. "Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, products, and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth over the years, which has solidified our position as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry."
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, and universities, as well as other retail environments. Additionally, multi-brand restaurants that combine Dunkin' Donuts with Baskin-Robbins under one roof offer even more opportunity to drive traffic during various day parts — from early morning breakfast and coffee all the way to after-dinner ice cream treats.
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