Continuing an expansion plan that's rapidly covering the face of the great state of Texas in a tasty, sugary glaze, Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) announced Monday that it has just signed an agreement with two franchise groups to open up 17 new locations in west and central Texas. These are in addition to the 19 restaurants to be opened by franchisee Sizzling Donuts in south Texas, the nine eateries that New York Donuts Group is franchising in Houston, and several more than Sizzling Donuts already has up and running in El Paso.

According to Dunkin', the new restaurants will be franchised to:

  • Niknud LLC, which aims to begin developing eight traditional Dunkin' Donut restaurants and three combination Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins stores in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, and San Angelo in 2014, and also ...
  • Alamo Donuts LLC, which plans to open five traditional Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, and one Dunkin'/Baskin combo, in San Antonio -- likewise in 2014.

Citing its experience with "incredible growth throughout Texas recently," Dunkin' Brands says it's looking for still more franchisees to breach the doughnut markets in Beaumont, Wichita Falls, Tyler, and Midland/Odessa, and to set up Baskin-Robbins shops "across Texas."