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Sue Andrade, a franchise operator of eleven Dunkin’ Donuts shops, speaks about how her extended family bought one store 35 years ago and now has over 700 stores. In 1968 Ms. Andrade’s uncle from Portugal “came over [to the U.S.] and opened a store and brought uncles, cousins, brothers, everybody.”
Having Massachusetts stores that surround the office of her franchisor’s company, Ms. Andrade tells Fox Business that the franchisor's employees who frequently visit her businesses “keep us on our feet and make us work that much harder to continue our standards and be the best we can be.”
Dunkin’ Donuts supports over 6,300 franchises in the United States, with many of the independent businesses located in the brands' traditional home area of New England. Many of the large multi-unit franchise owners that sport the Dunkin' trademark have been built over the years by immigrant families from the Azores, a group of islands off Portugal. Another large ownership group is South Asian Americans.