CINCINNATI -- Gilligan Oil Co. LLC has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin' Donuts for 13 new restaurants throughout Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. The first new restaurant is planned to open in 2014.
Gilligan Oil currently has an active multi-unit store agreement requiring the opening of 19 new restaurants throughout Cincinnati, of which seven are currently open and five more are under construction for 2013.
Gilligan Oil, founded in 1993, has retail and wholesale divisions that provide gasoline to more than 80 stations throughout Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.
"We don't build anything now without a food franchise in it as we believe it provides us the best returns on our investment. The Dunkin' Donuts brand has already been very successful for us in Cincinnati and we are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence throughout Dayton and the state of Ohio," said Pat Gilligan, president and CEO, Gilligan Oil. "In fact, we will be building freestanding Dunkin' Donuts restaurants with drive thrus as well. We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of more Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in years to come."
Although the Dayton, Ohio, market is officially sold out, opportunities throughout Ohio remain available in Toledo, Lima and multiple counties in the Southeast portion of the state. To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin' Donuts has aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets. As a result, the company continues to expand with single and multi-unit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements.
"Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day," said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of franchising and business development, Dunkin' Brands Inc. "We believe this existing franchise partner will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become integral parts of their local communities."
Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real-estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.
Since the 1950s, Dunkin' Donuts has offered food and beverages with an all-day menu including iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup Packs, Coolatta frozen drinks, muffins, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and a DDSMART menu featuring better-for-you items.
The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. family of companies.