Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Gilligan Oil Company LLC, for 13 new restaurants throughout Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. The first new restaurant is planned to open in 2014.

Led by Pat Gilligan, Gilligan Oil Company LLC currently has an active multiunit store agreement requiring the opening of 19 new restaurants throughout Cincinnati, of which seven are currently open and five more are under construction for 2013.

Gilligan was founded in 1993, and has a presence in the gas and convenience industry, including retail and wholesale divisions that provide gasoline to more than 80 stations throughout Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

"We don't build anything now without a food franchise in it as we believe it provides us the best returns on our investment. The Dunkin' Donuts brand has already been very successful for us in Cincinnati and we are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence throughout Dayton and the state of Ohio," Gilligan said. "In fact, we will be building free-standing Dunkin' Donuts restaurants with drive-thrus as well. We have a strong passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of more Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in years to come."

Although the Dayton market is officially sold out, opportunities throughout Ohio remain available in Toledo, Lima and multiple counties in the southeast portion of the state.

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