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Plan to drive growth abroad for Greyhound Cafe

Nadim Xavier Salhani, the man behind US franchises Au Bon Pain, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins in Thailand, aims now to expand the group’s Greyhound Cafe brand abroad. Greyhound, which has 17 cafes in Thailand and 18 franchises overseas including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is also planning more acquisitions.

Already, the company has invested THB150 million (US$4.7 million) to open a 192-seat Greyhound Cafe in London’s Soho district, and has also acquired the 300-year-old Grand Vefour, a Michelin two-star fine-dining restaurant in Paris.

“We are planning to develop more projects in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok in the French brasserie restaurant style, at a cost of 40 to 60 million baht each,” Salhani says in an interview with The Bangkok Post.

Meanwhile, he plans to open 12 Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee concept branches this year, including the brand’s first drive-through in Ayutthaya this June. There are also plans to open five Au Bon Pain and five Baskin Robbins outlets this year, taking the total to 300 branches for Baskin Robbins, 80 for Dunkin Donuts and 40 for Au Bon Pain.

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