Old and New Make Perfect Brew at Original Dunkin’ Donuts

On December 1, 2011, The Carvalho Group celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the original Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Southern Artery in Quincy, Massachusetts. The location recently underwent a remodel, including a “retro” façade and the addition of horseshoe counter seating alongside state-of-the-art digital menu boards and new product display cases. Co-owners Victor and Octavio Carvalho…

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Allen Cicchitelli Joins DDIFO Board of Directors

The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group (DDIFO), which represents the largest association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the US, is pleased to announce the addition of Rhode Island businessman Allen Cicchitelli to the DDIFO Board of Directors.

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Nashua Doughnut store was first in the state 50 years ago today

Joseph Cote of the Nashua Telegram reports on October 19th that the city will be at the center of a milestone in the state’s history Wednesday: the 50th anniversary of the opening of New Hampshire’s first Dunkin’ Donuts.

A celebration will be Wednesday morning at the chain’s newly refurbished store at 42 Main St. from 10:30-11:30. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will be on hand for the event along with members of the Carvalho family of Hollis, who have been in the Dunkin’ Donuts business for more than 30 years.

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Restaurant Chains get a Higher Education

Dunkin’ Donuts has been very agressive securing college campus locations. Mark Brandau of the Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Denny’s, Bojangles’, Einstein Bros., Moe’s Southwest Grill share lessons learned from non-traditional growth.

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DDIFO Announces Franchise Owners Hall of Fame

Nominations for inaugural inductees are now being accepted. As Dunkin’ Donuts was thrust into the spotlight during its recent IPO, the company’s strong history of franchising was also put center stage. As it looks toward further expansion, Dunkin’ Brands is again relying on its roster of experienced, hard working and well-capitalized franchise owners to carry the ball.

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Daring and Doughnuts: Immigrant goes from Baker to Business Mogul

Nancy Gaines of Gloucester Times reports that from a start as an immigrant baker in East Boston, Deo Braga has risen to one of Gloucester’s leading business owners, with coffee shops, gas stations, a restaurant, real estate, commercial and personal holdings worth an estimated $20 million, with more on the whiteboard.

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DDIFO Calls for Franchise Owner Stories

As an independent franchise owner’s association, one of the primary objectives for DDIFO is to share franchisee experiences and best practices. By telling such stories, DDIFO aims to shed light on the wealth of knowledge and successes experienced within its ranks and convey ideas that inspire and spur success for all members. The DDIFO leadership…

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