Leeds doughnut wars hots up with new arrival

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Doughnut competition in Leeds is heating up, with global giant Dunkin’ Donut the latest to open a store in the city.

The store, on Merrion Street in Leeds city centre, was officially opened by the global chairman and CEO of Dunkin’, Nigel Travis.

NEW ARRIVAL: Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Donut at the store on Merrion Street, in Leeds city centre.

NEW ARRIVAL: Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Donut at the store on Merrion Street, in Leeds city centre.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ opening follows hot on the heels of its rival Krispy Kreme also opening a store, at the Trinity Leeds shopping centre. For Mr Travis it’s a small world.

“The CEO of Krispy Kreme used to work for me at Papa John’s,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He added: “We see them around the world. They do a very good job but we’re different, we’re focused very much on beverages as well as doughnuts, but we also have the sandwiches.

“We’re very different, but obviously we think our doughnuts are the best and we’re the number one doughnut seller in the world by a long way.”

Though Krispy Kreme is located at the flagship Trinity development, Jim Johnstone, general manager of Dunkin’ Brands - UK, believes that their location is ideal because it offers greater visibility

Mr Johnstone added: “We’ve also got the Leeds Arena closer to us and we’ve also got the universities closer to us as well.

“We’ve also got quite a lot of space here, so you’ve got the two floors with 85 seats in total.”

Currently the store will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

But Mr Johnstone says they’re looking at extending opening hours.

The store will be run under a franchise agreement with Batley-based petrol forecourt company Spring Petroleum.

Around 25 jobs will be created at the new store.

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