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Apparently believing that the pitched battle between Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme leaves a hole for yet another doughnut retailer, Canadian retailer Tim Hortons has signed a conditional deal to buy 48 Bess Eaton coffee shops in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tim Hortons is a division of Wendy's international. The Bess Eaton stores are part of the larger Bess Eaton Donut Flour Co., which is in bankruptcy protection.
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