Dunkin' Donuts dipping into Tyler

Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 00:04 - Written by Casey Murphy, cmurphy@tylerpaper.com


Tyler will get the first of six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants planned for East Texas.

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced recently the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with franchise group, BG&E Investments, to develop five Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and one Dunkin’ Donuts/ Baskin-Robbins combination location throughout East Texas.

The first restaurant is planned to open this summer in the newly developed Kinsey Crossing retail center, at 1400 WSW Loop 323. All six locations are expected to open by 2018, representatives said.

Construction crews are continuing to put finishing touches on the 24,000-square-foot Kinsey Crossing, making way for eight new businesses to start opening within about a month, Greg Caton, of Caton Property Group, has said.

“As new franchisees with the brands, our team is excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to East Texas and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” Earl Wilmeth, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee, said in a statement. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Led by Wilmeth and his partners, the franchise group will manage and oversee the daily operations.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise opportunities still remain available throughout Texas in Beaumont, Wichita Falls and Midland/Odessa.

“We continue to experience significant growth throughout Texas, which wouldn’t be possible without our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” Grant Benson, vice president of global franchising and business development for Dunkin’ Brands said. “We are thrilled that Earl and his partners have chosen to further develop the Dunkin’ Donuts brand with us in the Lone Star State.”

Other restaurants set to open in Kinsey Crossing are Athens-based Rounder’s Pizza; Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries out of Texarkana; and The Brass Tap, a franchise out of Tampa, Fla. Head Masters, a hair salon; Kelley’s Nail Salon; Tru Tan and Mattress HQ also will be in the center, Caton said.

For more about Dunkin’ Brands, visit  www.DunkinBrands.com .