CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Dunkin’ Donuts says it will expand to West Virginia and Virginia to fill a hole in its national expansion plans.

The Canton, Mass.-based chain announced Thursday it is targeting Charleston, Bluefield, Clarksburg, Parkersburg and Wheeling in West Virginia and Harrisonburg in Virginia for potential franchise stores.

Dunkin’ Donuts says the move is part of its national expansion strategy that seeks to attract franchisees who will operate at least five stores.

The company would like to open at least 30 new franchises in the region over the next two years.

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