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By Charlotte Mulhern

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With the turn of the century just around the corner, Dunkin' Donuts is taking great strides toward modernizing its image. "We made a strategic decision to change our focus from being the No. 1 doughnut chain in the U.S. to being America's best coffee and baked goods retailer," explains Will Kussell, president of the 46-year-old franchisor based in Randolph, Massachusetts.

The systemwide changes, which encompass everything from a more contemporary store design and layout to a wider product selection and adjustments in store operations, are already reflected in five prototype stores across the nation. Within the next three to five years, Kussell expects all Dunkin' Donuts' 3,400 U.S. units to follow suit.

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