Ipswich: David Sheepshanks in Dunkin’ Donuts deal

David Sheepshanks

David Sheepshanks - Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks is to help spearhead a UK return of Dunkin’ Donuts – 20 years after it first tried to break into the UK market.

The US chain has agreed deals with two franchise partners to launch 50 restaurants in London over the next five years, with talks ongoing over a possible further 100 branches across the UK.

Giorgio Minardi, president of Dunkin’ Brands International, said: “We feel there is significant opportunity for Dunkin’ Donuts in the UK, and we have had a tremendous response from potential franchisees interested in developing the brand across the country.”

The move would see Dunkin’ Donuts have another go at cracking the UK after it pulled out in the mid-1990s. Store openings will initially focus on north and east London through franchise partners Court Group, chaired by David Sheepshanks, and DDMG, which is a partnership of US and UK franchisees.

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