Release Date: 
Friday, January 26, 2007
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)
Kevan Worley
National Association of Blind Merchants
(303) 306-7122

First Blind Vendor in D.C. to Partner with Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Coffee and Baked Goods Will Be Sold at HUD Headquarters

Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2007): Officials of the National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) and Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. announced that the opening of a new Dunkin’ Donuts location at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will take place in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at HUD headquarters on January 30, 2007.  The new Dunkin’ Donuts location will be operated by the blind vendor in charge of HUD’s Urban Café, a facility operated under the federal Randolph-Sheppard program, which grants licenses to blind entrepreneurs to operate food service businesses on federal property.  The National Association of Blind Merchants has worked with Dunkin’ Donuts for more than a year to open such locations, and the HUD Urban Café location is the fourth operation to be opened as a result of this joint effort.

Kevan Worley, President of the National Association of Blind Merchants, said: “It is a thrill to be here and witness yet another example of blind entrepreneurs establishing relationships that further our integration into the general business community.  Partnering with progressive companies such as Dunkin’ Brands creates greater options for the customer and maximizes opportunities to provide superior service for the blind vendor.  We are very optimistic that the overwhelmingly successful model we have established with Dunkin’ Donuts will result in more private companies partnering with energetic and committed Randolph-Sheppard vendors to increase the ability of all parties to add value to their business.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tiffani Harris-Davis, Acting Chief of the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program, and Keith Cross of D.C. Services for the Blind for working so hard to make this new Dunkin’ location possible.”

Kevin Houser, Vice President of Development for Dunkin' Brands, said: “In partnership with savvy and dedicated Randolph-Sheppard vendors, Dunkin’ Donuts has been able to establish spectacularly successful locations in state and federal facilities in New Jersey, Delaware, and now the District of Columbia.  We will continue to work with the National Association of Blind Merchants to replicate this success throughout the country.”

For more information about attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the HUD Urban Café, please contact Monica Burgess at 202-442-8476.