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Although we do not provide financing, Dunkin' Donuts has taken significant steps to ease the process of financing your franchise investment. To help you get started, we have developed relationships with several preferred lenders who offer competitive and flexible financing options. These lenders provide conventional lending products and other financial services, including SBA backed loans for smaller transactions. They also offer a simplified application process and quick turnaround times. Loan offerings include but are not limited to: business acquisition loans, equipment loans and leases, refinancing, construction loans and real estate loans. More details are provided in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
This information is available in our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Typically, after you have completed and submitted your application and prior to meeting a company representative, you will be given a FDD.
Prior to opening your first Restaurant, you (one person) must attend a 3-day franchise business course conducted throughout the year in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. Following completion of that course, both the franchisee candidate and a designated representative must complete the Dunkin' Donuts Core Initial Training program, which includes classroom/instructional time that may be held at Dunkin' Brands University in Braintree, Massachusetts, or Orlando, Florida, or in a designated training Restaurant. Some of our required classes are only offered on the Internet as web-based training. More details are provided in Item 11 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
Non-traditional locations (or Alternative Points of Distribution) are typically located within another host establishment and come in many shapes and sizes depending on the host. Estimated cost ranges for initial investment vary with the venue and the host, and requests for non-traditional locations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. More details are provided in Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
Franchisees sign Store Development Agreements (SDA), which set out one or more geographic areas for the development of new Restaurants. Signing an SDA means you are responsible for developing the minimum number of restaurants specified under that SDA, which is determined by Dunkin' Donuts as detailed in Item 12 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
What does it cost to buy an existing Dunkin' Donuts restaurant from a franchisee?
I have a perfect location in mind and there are no Dunkin' Donuts units nearby. Yet, the state and/or market do not seem to be available for development. Why not?
Agreements to buy an existing Restaurant are made directly between buyer and seller and are subject to prior written consent from Dunkin' Donuts. Costs associated with the transfer vary with each specific situation.
What is the profitability of the business?
There are a number of reasons why an apparent "perfect site" remains undeveloped or is not available.
- It is not unusual for a given area to be reserved by an existing franchisee that is expanding to the area in the near future.
- Some areas may appear suitable for expansion and/or development, but our strategies or business conditions may limit our desire to expand into the area.
Have a great location for a Dunkin' Donuts store?
What is Dunkin' Donuts' position on franchising to minorities?
There is no simple answer to this question. There are many variables that make it impossible to predict future results with any certainty, including such factors as: sales, location, occupancy and operating costs, the financing terms, your ability to manage and control the business and other factors. For these reasons, we do not predict sales, costs, or profits for any store or network of stores, nor can we predict whether or to what extent you may succeed at a particular location. We encourage you to fully review Dunkin’ Donuts’ Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), discuss our business with existing franchisees as well as with a competent attorney and accountant.
May I qualify financially with other partners?
Dunkin' Donuts has a track record of actively seeking individuals who are qualified to become franchisees without regard to their race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. We are proud that women, minorities, and first generation Americans make up a significant portion of our franchisees.
What happens after I submit my online application?
A single candidate must personally meet the financial qualifications. However, if a partnership or corporation is formed, Dunkin' Donuts considers the overall financial strength of the business partnership or corporation.
What is the start-up cost for a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant?
We will email you a confirmation receipt when we receive your online application. It will detail the next steps in the application review process.
How long is the entire process of becoming a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee?
The estimated initial investment for a new Restaurant can range from $134,600-$1,611,100, not including real estate, and depends primarily upon the number of Restaurants acquired;
their size, configuration and location; who develops the real estate for and/or constructs them; and the amount and terms of financing. More details are provided in Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document.
Is it still possible to be approved as a new franchisee if I do not have direct quick-service restaurant experience?
Becoming a franchisee is a multi-step process that includes Candidate Pre-Qualification, Due Diligence, Business Plan Review and Approval, Contract Signing, Franchise Training, Site Selection, Construction and Grand Opening. On average, the candidate approval process takes approximately 60-90 days, and the typical length of time between the signing of the Store Development Agreement and opening a Restaurant for business is 8-15 months.
Why does the franchisee fee vary across the United States?
Operational experience in a food/beverage, retail or hospitality environment is preferred for one or more partners.
Do you offer any financial or development incentives for new franchisees?
Franchise fees are based on many factors such as existing brand presence in the market and other circumstances that vary from one market to another.
Do I have an opportunity to develop a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins Combination Restaurant?
We may offer to reduce or defer Initial Franchisee Fees in special circumstances, such as to franchisees that commit to and have the ability to develop a large number of Restaurants. Additionally, we may have special incentive offers for existing and/or new franchisees in certain new and developing markets.
We intend to offer qualified Veterans who purchase a Store Development Agreement for five or fewer Restaurants a 20% discount on the Initial Franchise Fee.
Is there a separate process for Combination Restaurants?
Requests for Combination Restaurants are considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are made based on the territory and site selection. Not all locations that are suitable for a single brand restaurant are suitable for both brands.
What are the site requirements for a Combination Restaurant?
Potential franchisees of Combination Restaurants go through the same Dunkin' Donuts multi-step process from Pre-Qualification through Grand Opening. If we approve your addition of a Baskin-Robbins restaurant to your Restaurant, you will pay to our affiliate, Baskin-Robbins, its then-current franchise fee, and you will execute one Franchise Agreement that covers both brands.
Potential sites must meet criteria set forth by both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Preferred site characteristics are unique to our brands and will be shared with franchisees once they have entered the system.