Dunkin' Donuts has announced plans to open 17 new restaurants in San Francisco and Fresno. Courtesy photo

Dunkin' Donuts has announced plans to open 17 new restaurants in San Francisco and Fresno. Courtesy photo

Dunkin’ Donuts to open SF locations

Nine Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are coming to San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2017, the company announced Monday.

The beloved coffee and baked goods chain first opened stores in California in 2014, primarily in the southern half of the state. In addition to San Francisco, the company is planning to open 17 locations in Fresno and surrounding cities in the next several years.

The Bay Area’s locations will be opened by new franchise group Shiva Developments, led by existing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Nick Bhatt and his new franchise partners, sister and brother-in-law Disha and Yogesh Tivedi. Bhatt owns a Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield, Ill.

“With the addition of these enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees, we’re proud to announce 26 new restaurants in the Golden state, which brings our current development commitments to more than 275 total restaurants in California,” Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands, said in a statement.

Additional California Dunkin’ Donuts locations are set to open in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas this year. In the longer term, the company plans to open more than 1,000 restaurants throughout the state.

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