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Dunkin’ Donuts is Coming to the Big Island

May 2, 2016, 8:50 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:30 AM
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Dunkin' Donuts photo.

Dunkin’ Donuts photo.

Dunkin’ Donuts will make its way to the Big Island as part of a multi-unit store development agreement with its new franchise group, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.

The Big Island operation will be part of a development of 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the state, including locations on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai.

Company officials announced Monday morning that the first restaurant is planned to open in 2017.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to launch the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in Hawai’i, and look forward to opening our first location early next year,” said Richard Parry, president and Chief Executive Officer of Aloha Petroleum. “This new business venture will complement our existing retail offerings throughout the islands and help us diversify our portfolio.”

While it is not immediately known what form the restaurants will take, Dunkin’ Donuts said in a statement Monday that in an effort to keep the brand “fresh and competitive,” the company takes on various real estate formats that include free-standing restaurants, as well as end cap and in-line sites, gas station and convenience, travel plazas, and universities.

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“Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brand’s growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing brands by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled that Aloha Petroleum will be developing the brand throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and are also pleased to announce that even more of America will be Running on Dunkin’ since this agreement marks our upcoming entry into our 42nd state.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts was founded in 1950 and has grown to over 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries. The company, based out of Canton, Mass., is known for its various coffee beverages and breakfast options, which include donuts, muffins, bagels, and breakfast and bakery sandwiches.

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