4/7/2017 – Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Lenoir in 2018

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by admin


April 7, 2017


Another nationally known food chain has announced plans to come to Lenoir, though a site and opening date both are yet to be determined.


HARA Foodservice Group LLC will open stores in Lenoir, Morganton, Hickory, and Marion, with the first store planned for sometime in 2018, according to a press release from Dunkin’ Donuts. The stores will be HARA’s first Dunkin’ Donuts operations.


No site for a store in Lenoir has been chosen, said Courtney Whelen of Fish Consulting, a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Donuts.


“This group is continuing to scout out areas for development,” she said.


HARA’s prospective stores were among 12 that Dunkin’ Donuts announced. The other eight will be managed by Carolina Donuts LLC in the Winston-Salem area, with the first also planned to open in 2018. Carolina Donuts previously acquire five existing Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the Winston-Salem area and operates 12 others in Tennessee and Florida.


Grant Benson, senior vice president of franchising and development, said in the press release that franchisees also are being recruited in the Raleigh, Jacksonville, High Point, and Burlington areas.


North Carolina currently has more than 300 Dunkin’ Donuts locations. The expansion in North Carolina is part of an overall goal of having 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S., the press release said.


By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic

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