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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#2 Ranked #1 last year
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Initial investment
$200K - $1.7M
Units as of 2020
13,125 6.3% over 3 years

Company Overview

In 1946, Bill Rosenberg founded Industrial Luncheon Services, a company that delivered meals and snacks to workers in the Boston area. The success of Industrial Luncheon Services convinced Rosenberg to start The Open Kettle, a doughnut shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Two years later, The Open Kettle changed its name to Dunkin' Donuts.

Today, Dunkin' Donuts stores can be found in over 32 countries, and they serve 70 varieties of doughnuts, along with hot and cold coffee drinks, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts parent company, Dunkin' Brands Inc., also franchises Baskin-Robbins, and the two concepts are sometimes co-branded.

About Dunkin'

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Coffee, Baked Goods, Doughnuts
Founded
1950
Parent Company
Dunkin' Brands
Leadership
David Hoffmann, CEO
Ticker Symbol
DNKN

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1955 (66 years)
# of employees at HQ
1,104
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
13,125 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
130 Royall St.
Canton, MA 02021

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Dunkin' franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$40,000 - $90,000
Initial Investment
$199,700 - $1,688,200
Net Worth Requirement
$250,000 - $500,000
Cash Requirement
$125,000 - $250,000
Veteran Incentives
20% off franchise fee for first five traditional restaurants
Royalty Fee
5.9%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Dunkin' has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
150-230 hours
Classroom Training
44-50 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

Compare where Dunkin' landed on this year’s Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.

Additional Rankings

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Ranked #2

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #15

Fastest-Growing Franchises

Ranked #5

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #53

Top Franchises for Veterans

Ranked #21

Fastest-Growing Franchises (U.S. & Canada)

Ranked #1 in Coffee

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Updated: February 8th, 2021