Dunkin’ Done Deal: Austin & Pethick Represents Franchisee in Sale of Business


The Hartz Group, LLC closes the successful sale of three CSRA area Dunkin’ Donut stores.

(AIKEN, SC, March 15, 2023) – Austin & Pethick, a leading law firm in South Carolina, located in Aiken, is pleased to announce the sale of its client’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchises.

After several months of strategic planning and negotiations, The Hartz Group, LLC has successfully closed the sale of three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Aiken and North Augusta, SC. Charlie Hartz of The Hartz Group, LLC brought the Dunkin’ Donuts brand to the CSRA in February of 2009 when it opened its first store at 3526 Richland Ave. W in Aiken.

“Navigating a transaction of this scale is a very complex process with countless moving parts involved, but our team proved that we are well equipped to lead our clients across the finish line, ensuring a smooth and seamless transaction from start to finish. Our team worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the transaction was handled professionally and efficiently, and we are thrilled with the result,” said Kevin Pethick, lead business transactions and commercial real estate attorney at Austin & Pethick Law Firm.

“Austin & Pethick was honored to work alongside Charlie Hartz throughout the long and arduous process. It’s always a pleasure to work with clients like Mr. Hartz, whose diligence and cooperation made that process both easy and enjoyable.”

“I’m really pleased with the outcome of the transaction and the outstanding legal services provided by the entire legal team at Austin & Pethick,” said Mr. Hartz. “They provided exceptional expertise and guidance throughout the entire process and went above and beyond to ensure a successful outcome.”

Added Curt Hanna, commercial real estate paralegal/strategic business advisor at Austin & Pethick, “We pride ourselves on our exceptional team of legal professionals with the experience necessary to provide our clients with unparalleled guidance at every stage of their transaction. Our unwavering commitment to delivering the value of a big city law firm with the personal touch of a small one has enabled us to earn the admiration and trust of clients like Mr. Hartz.”

The new owner of the Aiken and North Augusta Dunkin’ Donuts stores is a seasoned franchise owner and operator who maintains a fantastic reputation for his restaurant operations and management skills. “While I will certainly miss serving the loyal Dunkin’ Donuts customers in Aiken and North Augusta, I am very happy to know that they will remain in good hands,” stated the former Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner, Charlie Hartz.

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