Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that it has signed agreements with two franchise groups to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United Kingdom. The two agreements call for the development of 50 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Greater London over the next five years, with an initial focus on North London and East London. The chain is also in advanced discussions with additional franchise partners to help develop a total of 150 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the UK over the next five years, which includes the two signed agreements. The Court Group, chaired by UK businessman David Sheepshanks, has signed a franchise agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts to open 25 restaurants in East London over the next five years. DDMG Ltd., a partnership formed by three experienced US Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees from the Baltimore/Philadelphia area and two local UK operators, has signed an agreement to develop 25 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in North London over the next five years. “We feel there is significant opportunity for Dunkin’ Donuts in the UK, and we have had a tremendous response from potential franchisees interested in developing the brand across the country,” said Giorgio Minardi, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries around the world, including more than 100 locations across Europe in Bulgaria, Germany, Russia and Spain. Dunkin’ Donuts’ sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, currently has 100 locations in the UK, including free-standing restaurants as well as concession locations in other shops and cinemas.