"I already have a site picked out in Fayette County and site picked out on Braxton, both right along the interstate," he said. "The high priority will be building in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties."
Little General operates 97 convenience stores and 78 restaurants across the state. Franchise restaurants include Arby's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and Godfathers Pizza.
While many of those restaurants are attached to Little General convenience stores, Darby said that might not be the case with Dunkin' Donuts. He said he might build some freestanding stores, if he can find adequate property to develop.
Regardless of the building type, he said the new Dunkin' Donuts locations will be fullservice locations. "All the ones we do - whether they're freestanding or added onto the c-store - they'll have the full menu of donuts, coffee, beverages and everything," Darby said.
"We don't want to build express units, we want to build the full-menu Dunkin' Donuts," he said.
There are currently just four Dunkin' Donuts stores in the state, two in Fairmont, one in Parkersburg and one in Morgantown. Darby said his agreement with Dunkin' Donuts allows him to develop stores all across areas of central and southern West Virginia not currently served by a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee.
Darby said Dunkin' Donuts' brand recognition will make it easier to expand in the southern part of the state.
"It's a growing franchise that's really popular," he said. "They've done well in northern West Virginia and I think they'll do well here too."
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