Dunkin’ Donuts Plans 9 New Restaurants in North Carolina

by Katie Lee

Canton, Mass.Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with franchise group Safari Foods Inc. to develop six restaurants in Greenville, N.C., and three new restaurants in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., over the next several years. The first restaurant is planned to open in Greenville in 2017.

William “Bill” Daughtridge owns Safari Foods Inc. and his son, Gray, will lead the day-to-day operations for each restaurant. This group has more than 80 years of experience in the gas, convenience and quick-service restaurant (QSR) industries. Safari Foods Inc. is a division of Daughtridge Gas and Oil Company, an oil company founded by Bill’s grandfather in 1929. Daughtridge Gas and Oil Company provides propane and oil for customers across eastern North Carolina and operates retail stores in the auto care and convenience markets. This group joined the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in 2007 and currently owns and operates five Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Halifax, Greenville, Rock Mount and Wilson, N.C.  

“We are thrilled to continue to expand the brand’s presence in North Carolina,” says Gray Daughtridge, president of Safari Foods Inc. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Currently, there are more than 300 Dunkin’ Donuts located throughout North Carolina, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the Jacksonville/Sneads Ferry and Burlington/Mebane areas.

Founded in 1950, Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

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