Dunkin' Donuts looking to expand in West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee

CANTON, Massachusetts , April 3, 2012 (press release) – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today it is seeking to expand in communities and towns throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee, and is looking for qualified franchisee candidates to grow the brand in specific counties within these eight states.

"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, 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."

Dunkin' Donuts' development throughout these communities and towns is part of the Company's goal to double the number of Dunkin' restaurants in the U.S. over the next 20 years. In support of this goal, Dunkin' Donuts has tailored development approaches designed to suit the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets.

"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," says Dawson. "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."

By joining Dunkin' Donuts, franchisees become part of a nationally established brand with 98 percent brand recognition, benefit from a multi-million dollar advertising fund, in addition to having access to world-class training and ongoing operational support, among many other benefits.

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, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin' Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people. For more than 60 years, Dunkin' Donuts has offered delicious food, beverages, and friendly service at a great value. To best serve its guests, Dunkin' Donuts offers an all-day menu including iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, muffins, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

Today, there are more than 10,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants worldwide – more than 7,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in 36 United States, plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,000 international restaurants in 31 countries.

For information on franchise opportunities or to attend an upcoming webinar, please visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN - News) family of companies. For more information, visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.

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