Miscellaneous

We noted that for the 9th year in a row, Dunkin’ was king of the Big Apple. According to a report from the Center for an Urban Future, Dunkin’ tops out with a total of 612 stores across New York City, an increase of 16 stores over their 2016 city-leading total. And, there seems to…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to welcome Katy Latimer, Dunkin’s new Vice President – Culinary Innovation and congratulate her on joining the Dunkin’ Donuts family. According to the release, Latimer comes from PepsiCo where for the past two decades she served in a number of positions including a long tenure as Vice President of Research & Development, Global…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ yesterday reported earnings ahead of expectations by $.01 per share at $.01 and revenues $1 million beyond expectations for the 4th quarter. Most restaurant stocks were up on Thursday, but Dunkin’ stock was up $2 or 4% and analyst sentiment was muted. DBI reported Dunkin’ US same store Q4 results of plus 1.9%, comprised…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Financial Review:  We’ve begun working a Dunkin Donuts shop level financial review and John Gordon, founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group, will present detailed findings at our DDIFO National Conference later this year. In the meantime, we will note some observations in Small Regular No Sugar! and other DDIFO publications throughout the coming months. One…

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Dunkin’ Doings

And big doings they were over the past couple of weeks when the annual DDIFO review of the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Agreement revealed significant changes to the all-important document.  After the issues were raised and band-aid fixes deemed insufficient to resolve the many problems created by the unilateral changes, the company agreed to rescind the…

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Dunkin’ Doings, Or Maybe Didn’ts

A 13-year old court case has finally been put to bed once and for all as the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a final appeal by Dunkin Brands Canada, Ltd.  The case was brought in 2003 by Dunkin’ franchisees in Quebec province who alleged that Dunkin’ didn’t live up to its obligation to promote the…

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Miscellaneous

If you didn’t attend the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference last month in Las Vegas and you don’t subscribe to Franchise Times magazine, they you missed some excellent interviews with successful franchisees from a host of different brands.  We were pleased to see DDIFO leader and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Rob Branca interviewed at the…

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Varano To Give Closing Keynote at National Conference

Highly successful restauranteur Nick Varano, founder of The Varano Group and owner of some of the finest fine dining establishments in the Boston area, will close the 2015 National Conference with the keynote closing address on at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Varano, highly regarded in restaurant circles across the country, will cap off a…

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Quebec Court Finds For Dunkin’ Franchisees

In a long-awaited decision, the Quebec Court of Appeals has found in favor of a group of 21 Dunkin’ franchisees in a suit that was initiated back in 2005.  The judgement by the appellate court affirms the lower court decision holding a franchisor responsible for maintaining the strength of the brand and supporting the brand’s…

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Legal Action in Richmond Continues

Provisions of Dunkin’s franchise agreement seems to be at the heart of lawsuits involving ten Dunkin Donut and DD-BR Combo shops in Richmond, VA.  It’s been reported that claims and counterclaims have been filed in the VA courts and that the shops remain closed while the issues are in mediation.

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