WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. will open its first franchise location in India on Jan. 19 in the city of Bangalore, which is India’s third largest city. The move comes less than a year after Krispy Kreme signed a partnership with Citymax Hotels Pvt. Ltd. for the development of 80 franchise Krispy Kreme retail locations over five years in the South and West regions of India.

“Our new partnership with Citymax Hotels Pvt. Ltd. represents the extraordinary growth opportunity we believe exists for the Krispy Kreme brand in India,” said Jeff Welch, president of Krispy Kreme international. “Working with Citymax Hotels, we are delighted to introduce the Indian consumer to the Krispy Kreme experience, including our one-of-a-kind Doughnut Theatre.”

Krispy Kreme has more than 730 locations in 22 countries, including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Korea, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.