Dunkin’ Donuts Closes in Greenwood Mississippi

Bob Darden reports at Greenwood Commonwealth that the recent closure of Greenwood’s Dunkin’ Donuts after less than a year is yet another sign of the contracting economy, Mayor Carolyn McAdams said Tuesday. “It’s another loss of a few employees that do not have a job now. It does play havoc on our community,” she said. The store, which opened in December, closed last week. It is owned by Capital Franchise Group Inc. Fred Carl Jr., founder, president and chief executive officer of Viking Range Corp., is chairman of Capital Franchise.

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Starbucks Sues Former Exec for Working for Dunkin’ Brands

Ilaina Jonas reports at Reuters that coffee retailer Starbucks Corp is suing a former executive it accuses of violating non-competition and separation agreements when he went to work for rival Dunkin’ Donuts. Seattle-based Starbucks said it is suffering ongoing harm as long as Paul Twohig, a former division senior vice president, remains employed at Dunkin’ Donuts, according to the complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Seattle.

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Independent Joe & Jim Videos

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DDIFO Paints a Bright Future at DCU Center Meeting

Dunkin’ Donut franchise owners who attended the members’ meeting in Worcester, MA on September 22 learned about plans to double the size of the group’s membership, were exhorted to get involved with the government legislative process for their own benefit and heard a battle cry to fight against apparantly aggressive legal tactics by the brand against the franchise owners.

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Managing New Technologies: Together “we kin’ do it”

Some Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners remember the days of making the donuts. It’s harkens memories of days gone by and reflects the simplicity of the business in its early days. Today, technology has moved the business into the modern age—not just in baking but also in business operations. As an example, sophisticated Point-of-Service machines provide franchise owners with critical data to improve purchasing, sales and marketing. They also point out variances and help control shrinkage. This data is of tremendous benefit to both operators and the brand. As a result, the need has emerged for a policy to effectively manage the use of that data.

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Fighting for Control of Occupany Costs

Rent Concessions May Benefit Both Tenant and Landlord. While not a new discipline within well-structured lease administration departments, the function of lease renewal negotiation has taken on a life of its own in today’s economic climate for both tenant and landlord positions. One leading lease administration director said that he has extended the renewal negotiation calendar from its customary 18-month period to include stores with renewal dates four years out.

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Loss Prevention Department Wants You! Now What?

DDIFO is please to present Guest Commentary from time time from valued contributors. The following is an article written and submitted by Robert Zarco and Robert Salkowski attorneys at law, from Zarco Law, Bank of America Tower at International Place, 100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131, Telephone:(305) 374-5418.

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East Meets West: Different cultures build Dunkin’ Donuts success

You cannot buy a coolatta or a box of Munchkins on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores where Manual S. Andrade came from or in Gujarat, in south India where Amrit Patel was born. Neither could you find a Dunkin’ store in Karachi, Pakistan during Siraj Virani’s early years there. But the roots of more than 50 percent of all Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the United States run deep in those homelands and lend Old World sensibilities of hard work, integrity and loyalty to the successful entrepreneurs they have grown to be.
From DDIFO Magazine Independent Joe Issue 2 August 2009, by Judy Rakowsky

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