(May 8, 2012)—A franchisee-owned distribution and purchasing cooperative for Dunkin’ Donuts has signed an agreement to lease a distribution center in Phoenix, the cooperative’s first local distribution center west of the Mississippi. The cooperative is formally recognized as The National DCP, LLC (NDCP) and is headquartered in Bellingham, Mass.
The Phoenix center is expected to open in October, and will become the seventh warehouse in the cooperative’s network.
The NDCP and Canton-based Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced in January they had signed a long-term, performance-based agreement for NDCP to be the exclusive supply chain provider for all Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the continental United States.
The company hopes the new distribution center, which will deliver essentially all food, paper and equipment supplies to Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, will better serve the existing locations in the Southwest, as well as facilitate Dunkin' Donuts' ongoing store growth.
Dunkin' Donuts has plans to more than double its almost 7000 restaurants in the U.S. over the next 20 years.