Independent Joe #55 April/May 2019

This year on April 20, national food brands stepped up their cutesy cannabis promotions—to tie in with what has become an annual pot-lover’s holiday. The numerical designation 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. So on the 20th day of the 4th month, brands like Pizza Hut said “It’s high time for a brownie,”…

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2019 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owner Hall of Fame: Nomination Form

The Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owner Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the success of Dunkin’ Donuts. Inductees have gone above and beyond to help build Dunkin’ Donuts to the esteem the brand enjoys today. For over 50 years Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners have worked hard and long hours, invested their resources, and involved…

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Dunkin’ is Meeting Customers Where They Live, Work & Play

It’s no secret that the retail landscape is changing. Brick and mortar stores are popping up all over the place, but not necessarily in the ways they once did. Gone are the days when you’d cozy up to the counter at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of hot coffee served in a cup on…

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Considering Multi-Brand Franchising?

Jesse Keyser, of St. Louis, Missouri, purchased his first franchise unit, Little Ceasars, in 2005, and soon expanded to five restaurants in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. Fueled by that success, Keyser began looking into other brands, and purchased Valpak in 2008, which provided an unexpected source of insight. “Working with Valpak, I did extensive…

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For this Florida Franchisee Success is All In The (Extended) Family

If there’s one thread that runs through John Griffey’s success story as a Dunkin’ franchisee, it is family—particularly if you include the extended family he’s developed during his two decades in the business. “It really is a family business,” says Griffey. “Myself and my wife Jean, Jim and Judy Yoakum, the Zepka family in Connecticut,…

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Independent Joe #54 February/March 2019

It’s no secret that the retail landscape is changing. Brick and mortar stores are popping up all over the place, but not necessarily in the ways they once did. Gone are the days when you’d cozy up to the counter at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of hot coffee served in a cup on…

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Independent Joe #53 December 2018/January 2019

Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth…

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A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Buyer Beware: Avoiding the pitfalls of successor liability when purchasing a network

Over the last decade, our firm has represented hundreds of Dunkin’ franchisees who have expanded their networks through the purchase of existing restaurants. The vast majority of these acquisitions are transacted as purchases of tangible (e.g. furniture, fixtures, and equipment) and intangible (e.g. telephone numbers) assets, as opposed to the purchase of the stock or…

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Take Care of the Business, and The Business Will Take Care of You

Neal Angelini reflects on his three decades as a franchisee The year was 1989. Microsoft released its Office suite for the first time, “The Simpsons” made its television debut, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States and Neal Angelini entered the donut business. Born and raised in Connecticut,…

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