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As Dunkin’ Donuts plans more Triangle stores, Krispy Kreme’s owner licks its lips

Dunkin’ Donuts fans soon will have several more places to get their fix in the Triangle.

The Massachusetts-based company has announced a development agreement with longtime franchisee Awale Networks Inc. to bring four new stores to the Triangle in 2018. The stores will be in Raleigh and Holly Springs.

Awale already owns 12 locations in the Triangle and Atlanta markets.

The announcement comes just a couple of months after the company announced seven other new stores planned for Raleigh and Durham in 2018, through existing franchisee Coastal Franchising Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 90 locations in the Raleigh-Durham market and more than 300 in North Carolina, and is working to grow in the Greensboro and High Point areas.

Meanwhile, JAB Holding Co. — which owns Krispy Kreme, Peet’s Coffee and Panera Bread — reportedly has interest in adding Dunkin’ Donuts to its portfolio.

A subsidiary of JAB Holding paid $1.3 billion for Winston-Salem based Krispy Kreme in July 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts could cost about $8.2 billion, according to Bloomberg News.

Aaron Moody: 919-829-4528, @Aaron_Moody1

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