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Dunkin’ Heads Into Price Chopper Grocery Stores


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As the so-called non-traditional real estate strategy goes mainstream, Dunkin’ Donuts is the latest announcement with a new partnership to open three restaurants in Price Chopper grocery locations in Kansas. It’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing more grocery store tie-ups, among others as restaurant brands seek to go wherever people congregate.

The first location is slated to open July 26 in the Paola Price Chopper, located at 309 N. Hospital Drive. As part of the grand opening celebration, Dunkin’ Donuts will be offering guests a free donut with the purchase of any beverage at this new location.

Price Chopper will own and operate all three locations, with two additional restaurants opening in the Spring Hill and Bonner Springs Price Chopper stores later this year. Each restaurant will serve Dunkin' Donuts' menu of food and beverages.The Paola location will be open every day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be establishing the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Paola, Kansas, through this partnership with Price Chopper,” said Chris Burr, director of non-traditional development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are continuously seeking new and innovative ways of bringing our signature coffees and baked goods to our guests with a level of satisfaction and convenience that Dunkin’ Donuts is known for, and we are looking forward to working with Price Chopper on this new venture.”

Price Chopper operates more than 51 stores across the Midwest.

“We are honored and excited to establish the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at our Paola Price Chopper location,” said Barry Queen, Price Chopper. “We are confident our loyal Price Chopper customers will enjoy the convenience of grocery shopping with a hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and baked good in hand.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has been strategically expanding in contiguous markets across the country with a long-term goal of having more than 17,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United States alone, and this expansion includes more than 750 alternative points of distribution, including locations on college campuses, hotels, mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, entertainment centers, and military bases.

Currently, Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 200 restaurants in supermarkets, big-box retail stores, wholesale clubs and home improvement centers located across the country.

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