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Dunkin’ Donuts plans six new stores in East Texas

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new 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 in summer 2014, and the remainder by 2018.

Led by Earl Wilmeth and his partners, this franchise group will manage and oversee the daily operations for each restaurant. Dunkin’ Donuts franchise opportunities still remain available throughout Texas in Beaumont, Wichita Falls and Midland/Odessa.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

"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," said Grant Benson, CFE, VP of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. "We are thrilled that Earl and his partners have chosen to further develop the Dunkin’ Donuts brand with us in the Lone Star State."

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DSW plans new stores in Texas, Ohio

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – DSW Inc. plans to open two new stores in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mentor, Ohio. Both stores are scheduled to open March 27.

DSW Rewards is a free loyalty program in which customers earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive special member-only offers. Customers can also participate in a Shoe Lover community on Facebook to receive exclusive offers and giveaways.

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Cabela’s to open Indy-area store in fall 2015

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sidney, Neb. — Cabela’s Incorporated plans to open a store in Noblesville, Ind., serving the greater Indianapolis area. Construction is scheduled to begin later in 2014 and the store is expected to open in fall 2015.

The 80,000-sq.-ft. store will be located in the new Saxony Campus development adjacent to Hamilton Town Center. It will be Cabela’s second Indiana store, joining the Hammond location opened in 2007, and is expected to employ approximately 170 full-time and part-time employees.

The store will be built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in a complete outdoor experience. The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s popular store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

The interior will feature thousands of quality outdoor products, as well as museum-quality wildlife displays, a mountain with a built-in aquarium, gun library, bargain cave, indoor archery range and archery tech room, fudge shop and deli. Currently, Cabela’s operates 51 stores across North America and has announced plans to open an additional 23 over the next two years

“We hope outdoorsmen and women across Indiana are as excited as we are about this store, which will be extraordinary in every way,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s CEO. “For years, thousands of Hoosiers have faithfully supported Cabela’s through our catalogs, website and neighboring retail locations. Now those loyal customers have a second Cabela’s store to call their own.”

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