Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts has filed for permits to open its first traditional restaurants in California. The new restaurants are planned for Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica and Whittier.
Specific locations and anticipated opening dates will be announced later this summer, with construction scheduled to begin later in June, Since opening California for franchise development in 2013, Dunkin' Donuts has executed store development agreements for nearly 200 new restaurants total to date. The company believes it can eventually have as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state.
The company has already opened three non-traditional Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in California, including a recent Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination location inside the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel.
The company has also signed multi-unit store development agreements with four new franchise groups to develop 54 new restaurants throughout Southern California in the coming years, including 14 stores in San Diego beginning in 2016, 16 stores in northern San Diego and southern Inland Empire beginning in 2015, 14 stores throughout Glendale, Burbank and Santa Clarita Valley starting in 2015, and two stores in Santa Barbara and eight stores throughout Ventura County beginning in 2016.
Franchise opportunities for Dunkin' Donuts still remain available throughout California in Fresno, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, Northern California, and portions of Southern California.