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Dunkin’ Donuts to open hundreds of locations in South Africa

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An open Dunkin Donuts shop in Dorchester.
An open Dunkin Donuts shop in Dorchester.Jim Davis

The parent company of Dunkin' Donuts is continuing its rapid expansion with plans to bring its sweet treats to another international market.

Canton-based Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., which owns Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, said Thursday that it would partner with an investment firm to open hundreds of locations in South Africa.

Dunkin' plans to open more than 250 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops in the country, starting with the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The agreement with Grand Parade Investments Ltd., a Cape Town investment firm, also allows for the sale of Baskin-Robbins ice cream products in South African supermarkets and convenience stores.

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Global expansion is not new for Dunkin': the company already operates more than 11,500 coffee shops in 40 countries, and more than 7,600 ice cream shops in nearly 50 countries, from Europe to Asia to Australia.

Dunkin' had sales of $9.8 billion in 2014.


Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.