The first Dunkin’ Donuts store in Wichita will open before the end of the year.
That’s according to Dan Day, who with his father, Douglas Day, has reached an agreement with the Boston-based doughnut and coffee franchise to open nine stores in the area.
On Thursday, Dunkin’ Donuts announced it had signed development agreements with three franchise groups to develop 14 stores in Kansas, including two in Topeka and three in the Manhattan area.
Dan Day, in a phone interview Friday afternoon from Boston, where he is training as a franchisee, said the first store will be in the Kellogg and West Street area.
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“Right now we are targeting west Wichita first,” he said. “It’s hard to find real estate out east.”
Day said he and his father’s franchise agreement calls for them to open one store a year until they reach nine. He said seven of the stores will be in Wichita.
Two others could be in cities surrounding Wichita, he said.
He said their plan is to have stores in all quadrants of the city, though he’s not certain right now where in the city they will open their second store. “That would be optimal … to try to hit all four compass points of the city,” Day said.
He said he and his father, who is a Taco John’s franchisee, were looking to do another franchise concept when they came across Dunkin’.
Although he’s been living in the Kansas City area for a decade, Dan Day grew up in Wichita and graduated from Wichita Collegiate School.
“We’ve got a lot of friends down here,” he said. “We’re very excited about being part of the community.”