New Dunkin’ Redesign Rolls Out

When franchisee David McNulty opened the newly redesigned Dunkin’ Donuts on busy North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Fla., he wondered how customers would respond to the brand’s updated look and layout. The former KFC location had been completely gutted and replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts’ sophisticated and mellow “Fresh Brew” makeover. Instead of a grab-and-go…

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Atlanta Meeting Rescheduled For Late January, date to be confirmed

We reported to you last week we were scheduling a member’s meeting in January for the Greater Atlanta market and we’re expecting to confirm very soon that the meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel.  We regret that we haven’t been able to confirm all the details for you yet, but…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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Atlanta Hits The 100 Mark

And speaking of Dunkin’ expansion across the country, one of its bigger emerging markets, Atlanta, Georgia celebrates the opening of its 100th Dunkin Donuts store!  Congratulations to franchisees Stephen Attard and James Laskaris!

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Dunkin’ Donuts are getting into the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Charitable Efforts Continue

Although we haven’t talked about it over the last few weeks, Dunkin’ franchisees continue their philanthropic efforts in a big way across the country.  Some of the recent efforts include:  Las Vegas Franchisees have begun an  “Adopt-A-Family” effort that will run through the entire Christmas season; NJ Franchisees recently undertook successful efforts to help in…

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Sunny Outlook In Florida As Small Business Upbeat on Future

In the wake of many business groups reporting continuing declines in business confidence across the country, there appeared to be breaks in the clouds from the Sunshine State, where the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported on a survey by the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor that had 83% of the small business respondents saying…

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By Brian Wancho

New Laws Effective October 1 in North Carolina

October 1 is notable in North Carolina as a day when many newly enacted laws become effective and this year, there are two in particular to which we would call your attention.  The first allows licensed gun owners with legal conceal and carry status to enter any bar or restaurant even while carrying a concealed…

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Forbes Calls Viginia #1

In its annual ranking of Best States for Business 2013, Forbes Magazine has anointed Virgina as the best state in the country within which to do business.  North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina and Colorado rounded out the top five.  The full list in pictures is available here.

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Dunkin Grows with Stores – and VPs!

Mixed in with the many stories of Dunkin’ expanding into the United Kingdom and continuing its Texas expansion, was news of the hiring of two new Dunkin’ Donuts Vice Presidents.  David Starmer is VP – IT for Store Systems, and Paul Zaher has been added as the VP – IT for Marketing Systems.  They will…

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