Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois at Sunset

Dunkin’ Donuts will return to the Quad-City market with a new store in Moline this fall and plans calling for more than a dozen stores in the future.

The new Moline shop will occupy a former KFC restaurant at 3501 Avenue of the Cities. The KFC was replaced by a new restaurant at SouthPark Mall.

McCall Gosselin, a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Brands Inc. – the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins – said the new store is expected to open in mid-September.

It will be the first Dunkin’ Donuts franchise for owner Sam Patel, of Moline.

“This is the first of 15 stores he plans for the Quad-City market,” Gosselin said Wednesday. “He plans to add two more stores in the next year for a total of 15 over seven years.”

Patel was not available for comment Wednesday.

According to Gosselin, the company’s re-entry in the Quad-Cities is part of a national expansion by Dunkin’ Brands. Last week, the company marked the opening of its 15,000th store in the world with a new one in Raleigh, N.C.

At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins had stores across the Quad-Cities.

Gosselin said the new Quad-City locations have not yet been determined. But the stores will be exclusively Dunkin’ Donuts. In other markets, the doughnut and ice cream stores operate together.

She said a typical store will employ 20 to 30 people.

Quad Cities Times