Baskin-Robbins, the Dunkin’ Brands owned ice cream store, is set to make its Irish debut with eight stores planned across Northern and the Republic of Ireland.

It has announced plans to open five units in the Republic – with Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford all potential targets – and three in the North where Belfast has been mooted.

Meanwhile in the UK, as previously revealed in M&C, Dunkin’ Brands is opening its first Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins hybrid site in the north of England in Leeds’ Merrion Centre.

It is the company’s first site with its franchise partner Spring Petrolium and has more than 100 covers serving coffee, lattes, donuts, breakfast sandwiches and bakery goods as well as a full selection of Baskin-Robbins premium ice cream flavours.

Last week the brand unveiled its first central London Dunkin’ Donuts store since it re-launched in the UK.

Spring Petroleum is a Dunkin’ Donuts UK franchisee and the restaurant in Leeds is the group’s first to open. Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first UK restaurant in Harrow back in 2013 and there are currently nine Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the following locations: Leeds, Baker Street (London), Harrow, Chelmsford, Hounslow, Cambridge, St Albans, Woolwich and Wood Green.