Dunkin' Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN) has opened its latest hotel location at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio, making it the coffee chain's fifth restaurant to open as part of a deal with Great Wolf Resorts. As part of the agreement, Dunkin' Donuts already has existing retail locations in hotels in Concord, North Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Traverse City, Michigan; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Great Wolf Resorts owns and operates all five locations, serving the full Dunkin' Donuts menu throughout the day.
"We're excited to further our partnership with Dunkin' Donuts at our resort in Sandusky, Ohio, just in time for the busy summer season," said Chris Hammond, corporate director of food and beverage, Great Wolf Lodge. "Guests love the convenience of grabbing coffee or a snack throughout the day, and the addition of Dunkin' Donuts to our Ohio property is a perfect complement to our other food and beverage services."
As Dunkin' Donuts continues to seek expansion in hotels around the country, the retailer offers flexible design options for growing its name brand and sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, individually or as combination units. Locations can suit lodging facilities, retail restaurants, kiosks, hot coffee stations and gift shops.
"Expansion in lodging continues to be a focus for our brands, and we continue to seek the right franchisees to expand our presence in hotels around the country," said Chris Burr, director of non-traditional development, Dunkin' Brands. "The first Dunkin' Donuts location at Great Wolf Lodge opened in 2009 and over the past six years they have proven to be a valued partner of ours."
In 2014, Dunkin' Donuts CEO Nigel Travis announced a push into "non-traditional" locations to serve up donuts and coffee, including public libraries, casinos and hotel lobbies. Boasting several new endeavors, Travis also recently announced that the company would start offering delivery as early as next year.
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