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Dunkin' Donuts expansion plans moving closer to North Dakota

Dunkin' Donuts / Special to The Forum

FARGO—Dunkin' Donuts could start moving closer to North Dakota, but the doughnut and coffee chain doesn't yet have expansion plans in the Peace Garden State.

A Minnesota Public Radio article last month said the chain, based in Canton, Mass., is starting to move west with plans to open dozens more stores in the state after opening four coffeehouses in the Twin Cities area so far.

The Forum checked in with Dunkin' Donuts to find out more about its expansion plans. Patrick Cunningham, senior director of franchising, said late last month that the chain now has restaurants in Roseville, New Hope, St. Paul and Rochester in Minnesota, "and more than 30 estimated restaurants planned over the next several years" in the state.

He didn't specify where those other locations might be, but he said franchise opportunities are still available in Rochester and suggested poeple visit to find out more.

Cunningham said North Dakota isn't available for franchising.