Dunkin’ Donuts, the Canton-based coffee-and-baked-goods chain, announced additional plans to expand in California Monday.
New agreements with franchisees call for the opening of 27 locations in Orange County and the area of California known as the Inland Empire.
Additionally, Embassy Suites San Diego has signed a franchising agreement to open a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination unit on the premises. Specializing in ice cream, Baskin-Robbins is Dunkin’s sister chain. Both chains are operated by Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.
Earlier this year, Dunkin’ announced franchising agreements that should result in 45 new restaurants opening in Southern California. And last month, Dunkin’ said it will return to England nearly two decades after withdrawing from that country.
Shortly after Dunkin’ Brands was bought for $2.425 billion in 2006 by a consortium of private equity firms made up of Bain Capital Partners LLC, the Carlyle Group, and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, the company disclosed plans for ambitious expansion plans for Dunkin’ Donuts. Part of that plan called for expanding from about 5,000 US locations in 2006 to 15,000 by 2020.
Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of $6.9 billion.