published on September 9, 2016 - 9:29 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Porterville is home to one of the newest Baskin-Robbins stores in the Central Valley.

The Baskin-Robbins location opened its doors in June and is operated by owner Harpreet Gill, a franchisee who also owns three Baskin-Robbins shops in the Fresno area.

The Porterville ice cream shop was part of Baskin-Robbins’ new turnkey development program in which it builds ready-to-operate shops and sells them to prospective franchises that are looking to avoid the site selection and development phase. After building his first three shops from the ground up, Gill took advantage of the turnkey opportunity in Porterville and opened quickly after signing his franchise agreement.

Due to the turnkey program’s success, Baskin-Robbins is offering similar opportunities across California to fuel the company’s growth throughout the state. A second ready-to-operate shop will open soon in Imperial Beach and a third in Vista is awaiting the right franchisee.

“As we continue to foster and grow our relationship with California ice cream lovers, we’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs who have a passion for their local communities to join our team and take advantage of the brand’s ownership opportunities,” Grant Benson, CFE and vice president of global franchising and business development for Dunkin’ Brands, said in a statement.

In an effort to recruit motivated entrepreneurs to become franchisees with Baskin-Robbins, the brand will hold two seminars this month for prospective candidates. The first is Sept. 13 in Vista and the second is Sept. 15 in Long Beach. Interested entrepreneurs can visit or for more information.

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