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article imageDunkin' Donuts announces major West Coast expansion Special

By Nathan Salant     Nov 26, 2014 in Business
Canton - Dunkin' Donuts, the ubiquitous East Coast coffee chain little known in the western United States, announced plans Monday to open hundreds of cafes in Northern California.
Commitments for more than 60 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield areas were announced Monday, but the Canton, Mass.-based chain said as many as 1,000 were planned in the next few years.
“We’re thrilled to have agreements signed for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California, and our continued growth throughout the state would not be possible without our passionate franchisees and loyal guests,” said Grant Benson, a vice president with the chain's parent company, Dunkin' Brands.
Several new cafes could open as early as next month in Long Beach and Whittier, the company said, but the Northern California expansion is not expected to hit its stride before next year and the year after that,
Among the new locations planned are 26 in San Francisco and the immediate area, as well as 13 in San Jose at the southern end of the bay beginning in 2016.
Also included in the announcement were eight restaurants each in Bakersfield, Monterey and Palm Springs.
“With this announcement, we are excited to welcome these new and existing franchisees to the Golden State and know each will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the California communities they serve,” Benson said.
Dunkin' Donuts has developed quite a following in the eastern United States by combining its well-known donuts with premium coffees and other drinks. Company cafes also serve breakfast sandwiches and bakery products.
The chain has 11,000 restaurants and cafes in 33 countries worldwide.
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