Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

Read More »

Independent Joe #32 June/July 2015

There is that joke about cops and donut shops that every police officer and every donut shop owner has heard. But, the humorous connotation about cops stopping in for a beverage and snack never stuck with New York franchisee Roy Clark. A partner in the Wolak Group of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Central New York,…

Read More »

Independent Joe #31 April/May 2015

As the clock ticks down, when the last points have been scored and the cheers have gone silent, many professional athletes are left wondering what comes next. For more and more athletes, the somewhat surprising answer is franchising. In increasing numbers, athletes are hanging up their uniforms in exchange for a partnership with leading chains,…

Read More »

Independent Joe #30 February/ March

The days of Dunkin’ Donuts existing solely in a strip mall or as a standalone store are gone. In 2014, franchisees developed 70 new restaurants in non-traditional locations like airports, military bases and supermarkets, bringing to more than 600 the number of non-traditional locations across the U.S.

Read More »
The Millennials: Brewing tomorrow’s profits!

Independent Joe #29: December/ January

In the push to grow same-store sales, franchisees across the Dunkin’ Donuts footprint are focusing on Generation Y—the generation known as millennials. There are more than 80 million of these 18-33 year olds with over a trillion dollars in buying power and a huge influence on older generations like the Baby Boomers. According to the…

Read More »

Independent Joe #28: October/ November

The 2014 DD Independent Franchise Owners National Conference and Hall of Fame Gala was a huge success. The winners were the franchise owners, the sponsors and the organization. The house made out pretty well, too as DDIFO contributed its part to the Rio Hotel’s bottom line for 2014. The conference provided useful industry content for…

Read More »

Independent Joe: August/ September 2014

Those attending the Conference – where we’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an independent organization representing Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners – will also experience some cutting edge information with an outstanding program of presentations, the DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction, and an exceptional Exposition Hall with our sponsor/exhibitors providing the goods, services and products that…

Read More »

Independent Joe: June 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts locations have been popping up on college campuses at a steady rate over the past five years as part of the brand’s strategy of opening alternative points of distribution—college campuses, train stations, supermarkets and military bases. In the past year, more than seven college campus locations flipped on their coffee-makers, including Wayne State…

Read More »

Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

Read More »

Independent Joe: February 2014

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012.

Read More »