Dunkin’ has signed agreements with new franchisee Manchester Enterprises for the development of 18 new restaurants throughout Houston, Texas, US.

The group will also develop ten multi-brand locations with speciality ice cream shop chain Baskin-Robbins.

For the first restaurant, which is expected to open next year, Manchester Enterprises is targeting markets throughout Houston, including Sugarland, Missouri City, Pearland, Friendswood, Galveston and Texas City.

Manchester Enterprises chief operations officer Kirby Dolliole said: “We have always admired the Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins business models and have continued to monitor their growth over the years.

“Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure to cross paths with many Dunkin’ franchise owners who have consistently raved about the brand and their support structure.”

Dunkin’ currently has a total of 160 restaurants in Texas and is continuing to recruit franchisees in the areas that surround Houston, Austin, Beaumont and Odessa.

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Dunkin’ Brands CFE and franchising and business development senior vice-president Grant Benson said: “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring the Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins brands, products, and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth over the years, which has solidified our position as a leader in the quick-service restaurant industry.”

Manchester Enterprise aims to further develop the Dunkin’ brand throughout Houston over the next ten years.

In May, Dunkin’ signed store development agreements with various franchisees to open 50 new locations across the US.

Dunkin’ opened the first iteration of its NextGen restaurant last year. It aims to serve on-the-go customers and features new in-store technology and design elements.

The brand has more than 21,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide.