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Dunkin’ opened 171 US stores in ’09

Dunkin’ Donuts said it entered a few new markets, such as Louisville, Ky., Birmingham, Ala., and Dayton, Ohio. Dunkin’ Donuts said it entered a few new markets, such as Louisville, Ky., Birmingham, Ala., and Dayton, Ohio. (Chris Hondros/ Getty Images)
Associated Press / March 16, 2010

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CANTON — Privately held Dunkin’ Donuts said yesterday that it opened 171 new stores in the United States last year.

The chain said it is working for greater exposure in the markets it already serves and entered a few new markets, such as Louisville, Ky., Birmingham, Ala., and Dayton, Ohio.

Dunkin’ Donuts opened 351 new locations worldwide and had 131 new signed franchise commitments in the United States in 2009. Its international expansion includes new stores in China, Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the Bahamas.