CANTON, MASS. — Dunkin’ Donuts continues to make good on its plans to have as many as 1,000 restaurants in California as the company announced March 5 that it has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Sizzling Donuts, L.L.C., for 46 new restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento metro area and surrounding cities of Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Placerville and Davis, Calif.

Dunkin’ first announced plans to enter Southern California in January 2013 and then last October unveiled plans to expand into California’s Central Valley and Central Coast. Since opening California for franchise development last year, Dunkin’ has executed store development agreements for more than 150 new free-standing restaurants.

Over the past year, Sizzling Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements to develop more than 60 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Northern Utah, Denver and Texas. The group currently operates 17 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in those markets.

“The power of the Dunkin' Donuts brand is truly incredible,” said Ted Morton, chief executive officer and president of Sizzling Donuts’ parent company, Sizzling Platter, L.L.C. “With our plans to develop more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants over the next several years, we feel our restaurants will play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit the southwest and western states. We are excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts' high-quality coffee, sandwiches and baked goods to California, and look forward to breaking ground on the first of many California locations.”