Dunkin’ Donuts plans seven franchises in Ft. Smith and Northwest Arkansas

We’re not sure exactly where, but Dunkin’ Donuts is definitely headed to Northwest Arkansas.

The Canton, Mass.-based company announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with Littlefield Oil Co. to open seven franchises in Northwest Arkansas. The first location is set to open in 2012 and the rest will open through 2018.

Elsewhere in Arkansas, Eric McDuffie and Sam Carter plan to open four restaurants in Hot Springs and Benton over the next few years.

Also, according to a post over at The City Wire, five Dunkin’ Donuts stores are planned in the Little Rock area.

“Little Rock is a priority growth market for Dunkin’ Donuts in 2011, and we’re excited to expand our footprint in Arkansas,” said Grant Benson, vice president of franchising and market planning for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. in a press release. “Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day. We’re confident these franchisees will cultivate lasting customer relationships in the Little Rock and Ft. Smith area and become an integral part of their respective communities.”

Little Rock is now sold out for franchise sales, but opportunities are still available in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas.

For information on franchise opportunities visit dunkinfranchising.com.