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Dunkin' Donuts is partnering with Midwestern grocery banner Price Chopper to open three restaurants in Kansas.
The first location is slated to open in the Paola Price Chopper on July 26, at which time Dunkin' Donuts will offer guests a free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage at the new location.
"We are honored and excited to establish the first Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at our Paola Price Chopper location," said Barry Queen, one of Price Chopper’s family owners. "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."
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 hot and iced coffees and espresso beverages, hot and iced teas, frozen beverages, baked goods, and oven-toasted breakfast sandwiches.
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 across the country.
"We are thrilled to be establishing the first Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Paola, Kan., through this partnership with Price Chopper," said Chris Burr, director of nontraditional development for Canton, Mass.-based 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's 51 Kansas City stores are locally owned by the Ball, Cosentino, McKeever and Queen families, all of whom live in Kansas City and have overseen store operations on a daily basis for 38 years.