Dunkin' Donuts to try again in Minnesota

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Late last week, Steve Rafferty, the senior director for Dunkin' Brands U.S. franchising, announced that Dunkin' Donuts plans to open approximately 50 stores around Minnesota starting in 2015.

This isn't the first time Dunkin' Donuts has attempted to return to the state; the company tried and failed to open 100 restaurants in 2008. The same happened in 2001. And remember Krispy Kreme? The franchise lasted in Minnesota for a mere six years, closing its last stores in early 2008. Take note, Dunkin' Donuts: According to a Kare 11 story from 2008, the Krispy Kreme decline may have resulted from the company's attempts to open too many stores too soon.

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Though Dunkin' Donuts has a track record of total domination in the donut market, local donut shop owners aren't fretting.

Sarah Jane Lovegren, the owner of Sarah Jane's Bakery, said she isn't worried about Dunkin' Donuts taking her shop's business. "I don't think their quality can stand up to a from-scratch bakery," she said. Lovegren remembers that Sarah Jane's was "super busy" the weekend Krispy Kreme opened. "They got the word out about donuts," she said.

Jesse Hedman, a baker at Mojo Monkey, feels similarly about the effect Dunkin' Donuts will have on local shops. "I can't speak for the owner or the business but, as a person who's been baking and personally working with donuts for awhile, I think it could be a good thing," he said. "It could bring awareness of donut culture to Minnesota."

Arwyn Birch, who co-owns Glam Doll Donuts with Teresa Fox, said she feels confident that Glam Doll will retain its loyal customer base. "[Glam Doll and Dunkin Donuts are] completely different worlds of donut businesses and donut clientele," she said. "People who are looking for that type of a donut, that type of experience behind their donut, I think they have places to go and they will go there anyway."

What do you, our faithful Hot Dish readers think? Are you excited for Dunkin's Minnesota revival?


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bearpawqs
bearpawqs

Wow, the Cities sure has a lot of snobs. Having grown up in Chicago and having Dunkin' Donuts as we grew up, I am happy to have them here in the area. There are plenty of us who don't walk around with our noses in the air that will be happy to enjoy Dunkin's donuts and coffee. Since the snob shops are not accessable to all of us I'll be happy to take my peon self to dine with real people.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

It's like Pappa Murphy's or Pappa Johns. You can get crappy pizza anywhere so why would you get crappy pizza from a place that bitches about having to raise prices by a dime to pay for employee health benefits.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Dunkin Donuts or Glam Doll Donuts. NOT THAT TUFF OF A DECISION.

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

I've tried Krispy Creme one time at the MOA 12 years ago and that was enough. Never will try Dunkin' Donuts. Knowing the crap they put in these things it will stay homemade or from A-1 local bakeries. What a waste of good business venture. Pffft!

Tucker Benjamin
Tucker Benjamin

News flash: you can have a donut once in awhile and still be a healthy person. Avoiding anything remotely bad for you doesn't necessarily make you healthy

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

Except maybe if I was super drunk and high late one night.....are they open late???

Barb Doran
Barb Doran

50 Stores to open in Mn? They already failed here..maybe try just a couple of stores first..To me they're not that great! People rave about there coffee, hmmm not sure why.

Fae Wilson
Fae Wilson

Can't swing a dead cat out here in NY without hitting a Dunkin. I much prefer to shop the local bakeries, especially with the young entrepreneurs such as Renata's Bakery.

Jesse Jamison
Jesse Jamison

I hope they stick with the classic Dunkin' Donuts look and don't try to make the place all contemporary like McDonalds has. Atmosphere is half of the restaurant experience and when I'm eating a doughnut I want to be transported to a happy pink and orange world set in the idealistic 50's, 60's, or 70's.

Nathan James-swap
Nathan James-swap

Well, I'm not sure why they are waiting a whole year to get going but better late then never. I can only assume people of a certain age will remember D.D. here in Minnesota as they've been away for coming on twenty years. I grew up with both D.D. and Mr Donut.

Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen

If i want donuts i go to SA and Carriboooo for coffee!

Cindy Tran
Cindy Tran

2015? I guess I won't be around for that...

Michael Schoenherr
Michael Schoenherr

I get my diabeetus from Krispy Kreme. Let me know when the light comes on

Bob Crowther
Bob Crowther

About as excited as I am for Krispy Kreme! I could care less!

Missy Carr
Missy Carr

Had it once in Chicago & I was not impressed. Too greasy and the coffee was gross too. I'll stick to the local places.

Shane Beals
Shane Beals

failed once here I'm sure it won't work again that place was always dead

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Good breakfast croissants and iced coffee, yes. Doughnuts mostly so-so.

Katywompus Cassandra Snow
Katywompus Cassandra Snow

I spend a large portion of my budget supporting independent bakeries and coffee shops...but I'm ecstatic to know that when I've spent that budget and am scraping quarters together to go out, I have a cheap coffee and donut alternative that is a bajillion times better than the Holiday I usually go to.

Joanne Ebert
Joanne Ebert

Better not come to my neighborhood! I'm to weak!

Jesse Jamison
Jesse Jamison

And while we're at it, bring back Arthur Treacher's, Der Wienerschnitzel, Clark's Submarine Sandwich, Burger Chef, The Golden Point, Henry's Hamburgers, and Jimmy's Lemon Tree as well.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I remember Dunkin from when I was a kid. Dunkin tasted awesome back then, of course not everything from when I was a kid is awesome now. I'll give them a chance if there is one near my house. I tried Krispy Kreme and thought it was crap. A guy at my work likes to bring us donuts from Cub Foods and they're actually pretty good for mass produced donuts.

CasiAnna Myne Olson
CasiAnna Myne Olson

put some in the skyway in mpls and i'll be there at least once a week!

Theresa Hauswirth
Theresa Hauswirth

No don't do it Minnesota. They are everywhere here in Maine. It just makes it harder to resist the deliousishness

Max Alschlager
Max Alschlager

I would rather drive to Winona and go to Bloedow's.

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