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Dunkin' Donuts to return to UK market with new stores

RBR Staff Writer Published 13 September 2013

International coffee and baked goods retailer Dunkin' Donuts has entered into agreements with two franchise groups, Court Group and DDMG, to open 50 new restaurants in London over the next five years.

This is the retailer's second attempt to expand in Britain after 20 years. The proposed stores will be set up mainly in North and East London.

Under the deal, franchise group Court Group will open 25 restaurants in East London over the next five years.

DDMG, a joint venture formed by three experienced US Dunkin' Donuts franchisees from the Baltimore/Philadelphia area and two local UK operators, will open remaining 25 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in North London.

Dunkin' Brands International president Giorgio Minardi said, "We feel there is significant opportunity for Dunkin' Donuts in the UK, and we have had a tremendous response from potential franchisees interested in developing the brand across the country."

All Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the UK will stock brand's wide range of coffees, teas, espresso-based beverages, Coolatta frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, croissants and sandwiches.

The brand will also offer regional menu items specific to the UK to cater to local tastes and options from its DDSMART lineup.

Further, the chain is in advanced discussions with additional franchise partners to open a total of 150 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the UK over the next five years, which includes the two signed agreements.

Dunkin' Donuts currently has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries around the world, including more than 100 locations across Europe in Bulgaria, Germany, Russia and Spain.