National Members Conference to Focus on Franchisee Investment

When DDIFO members gather at Mohegan Sun for the annual DDIFO National Members Meeting on September 19th & 20th, Dunkin’ Brands will be into its first quarter as a publicly traded company. The pressures of reporting quarterly earnings to Wall Street is likely to impact franchise owners who are already dealing with high commodity costs and price-point competition from McDonald’s.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee fills holes in Southwest Florida

Naplesnews.com reports that Southwest Florida residents will soon have more places to fuel up. Marco Island resident Jim Grifoni owns seven Dunkin’ Donuts in Collier County and part of Lee County and plans to have between three and four new stores operational by the start of the restaurant season. Grifoni bought the development rights to…

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John Costello: Behind-The-Scenes At Dunkin’ Donuts

Denise Lee Yohn is a brand consultant, speaker and writer, and does a podcast interview with John Costello, who gives a behind-the-scenes look at Dunkin’ Donuts. I edited the podcast down to 5 minutes and focused on his comments about franchisee engagement.

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Franchisee Rises to the Occasion in Buffalo

Tim Cloe acquired 11 Buffalo-area locations formerly operated by Kainos Partners, a franchisee that went bankrupt. And Cloe’s deal with Dunkin’ Brands calls for him to open an additional 20 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the market over the next several years. That will give him a total of 31 area locations, in a market that currently has 38 Dunkin’ Donuts, including the 11 he acquired.

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Jubilant FoodWorks To Bring Dunkin’ Donuts To India

IndiaRetailing.com reports that Jubilant FoodWorks, which runs restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza in India, has announced the signing of a master franchisee agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts to bring the US-based baked food and coffee chain to India. The first outlet will open early next year.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Outruns other NYC chains

Crains Business New York reports that in a year when consumer-driven businesses helped the New York City economy recover much faster than expected, more national retail chains expanded their presence in the city than reduced their footprints here, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Willowbrook’s Shah Family Featured on CNBC’s Documentary on Franchising

The Chicago Tribune reports that for Vishal Shah it is always “time to make the donuts,” and only the love for his family surpasses his passion for business as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. On December 15, the Glenview resident and his daughter Anjali made their television debut when CNBC featured a documentary called “Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising.”

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