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ATLANTA-Baseball legend Hank Aaron adds a Krispy Kreme franchise to his Atlanta-based restaurant empire that includes 13 Church’s Chicken and three Popeye franchises in Atlanta and Charlotte, NC. Terms of the Krispy Kreme deal weren’t disclosed.

The Krispy Kreme unit, owned by Aaron’s 755 Doughnut Corp., a division of 755 Restaurant Corp., will open at 633 Evans Street in Atlanta’s West End on June 25.

In an unrelated move, Winston-Salem, NC-based Krispy Kreme signs its first franchise agreement outside North America, hoping to score in Australia and New Zealand. In a partnership with Sydney-based Borderless Australia Pty Ltd., Krispy Kreme Australia will develop 30 stores over the next five years throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The states-based parent company retains 35% equity interest in the partnership. Borderless is owned by John McGuigan, a native Australian instrumental in expanding the Baker & McKenzie law firm throughout Asia, and Lawrence Maltz, the original chief operating officer of Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co.

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