Dunkin' Donuts is coming north of the river. In a press release this morning, the doughnut chain out of Canton, Massachusetts, announced that it has signed a franchise deal to bring five locations to North Kansas City by 2016.
The first will open in 2012, and future doughnut shops are being planned for Liberty and Gladstone. The development group includes former NFL offensive lineman Zach
Wiegert, kicker Kris Brown, and Jeff Woodbury of the Woodbury Corporation.
The announcement is just the latest in a series of developments for Dunkin' Donuts. Three locations are in the works for Blue Springs and Independence after opening two shops in Overland Park since November 2009.
"We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence in North Kansas City and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," Wiegert said in the release.
Dunkin' Donuts stated in 2008 that more than 60 locations were in the works for the Kansas City market. With only two built and 10 announced, that still leaves plenty of room for more doughnut shops to come in the next seven years.
Dunkin' Donuts made an Overland Park doughnut -- an original glazed with white icing and green and blue sprinkles -- for the opening of its shop at 75th Street and Metcalf (7446 Metcalf). What doughnut would best represent North Kansas City?