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August 21, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts to open Wichita stores

The company famous for its coffee and doughnuts said it’s coming back to Wichita with as many as nine stores, and the first should open by the end of 2014.

Wichita is scheduled to get nine Dunkin’ Donuts stores, the company announced Thursday.

Dunkin’ Donuts said in a news release issued Thursday that it had signed development agreements with three franchise groups to develop 14 new restaurants in Kansas over the next several years.

The company had stores in the market several years ago, but those stores closed as part of a business consolidation by the national company.

In Wichita, franchisees Douglas Day and Dan Day plan to develop nine stores, according to the release, and the first should open by the end of the year.

The Eagle’s efforts to reach the Days Thursday were unsuccessful.

In the past couple of years, Dunkin’ Donuts has been expanding nationally, and it has had its eye on Wichita for awhile. It opened a store as part of the dining options available on the Kansas Turnpike at Towanda last fall.

The franchise agreements announced Thursday also include one for two restaurants in Topeka, and another for three Dunkin’ Donuts in the Manhattan area. The first Topeka restaurant is expected to open in 2015, while the first Manhattan area restaurant plans to open yet this year.

The company, which has its headquarters in Canton, Mass., has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries.

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