Dunkin' Donuts makes its way to northern Minnesota

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Well, Minnesota, it's finally happening: Dunkin' Donuts is giving us another chance. The chain's first Minnesota location opened in Rochester's Kahler Grand Hotel on June 30, and five additional Rochester locations will open in the coming months. On Monday, Dunkin' announced plans to open seven locations in northern Minnesota by spring 2015 -- which means America's top coffee and doughnut chain is inching closer to the Twin Cities by the day.

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The upcoming northern Minnesota locations will be financed by Brian and Sharon Weiden­dorf, owners and developers of Land and Lease Development in Hinckley. The couple had been looking for opportunities with expanding businesses for some time and, as regular Dunkin' Donuts customers, felt the company would be a good fit, Brian Weidendorf told the Star Tribune.

The couple plans to open Dunkin' Donuts locations in Brainerd, Hibbing, Duluth, and Superior, Wisconsin, among others. Three locations will be built from the ground up, while Duluth's will be in a remodeled space.

Dunkin' Donuts has yet to announce plans for Twin Cities locations, but they're on the hunt for franchisees. The company is hosting a seminar in Edina for interested investors this evening. To drum up interest among investors, Dunkin' Donuts is offering decreased royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in marketing for stores that "meet certain goals."

In January, Steve Rafferty, the senior director for Dunkin' Brands U.S. franchising announced that the company had plans to open 50 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout the state of Minnesota, starting in 2015. Clearly, things are happening faster than anticipated, with one location already open for business in Rochester.

City Pages touched base with local doughnut shop owners early this winter to see how they felt about a corporate doughnut chain entering the state.

"[Glam Doll and Dunkin Donuts are] completely different worlds of doughnut businesses and doughnut clientele," Arwyn Birch, who co-owns Glam Doll Donuts with Teresa Fox, told Hot Dish. "People who are looking for that type of a doughnut, that type of experience behind their doughnut, I think they have places to go and they will go there anyway."

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29 comments
Jeanne Griffin
Jeanne Griffin

I agree. The donuts aren't great, but the coffee....mmmmm!

Jesse Spalding
Jesse Spalding

Who cares about Dunkin already? Just a pathetic excuse for non-natives to get excited for something unoriginal and blahhh

Dan Stephenson
Dan Stephenson

I've lived in Minnesota all my life and have never met anyone who gives a shit about dunkin donuts..

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

You mean, coffees?! They have 10 ready for you.

Elizabeth Knettel
Elizabeth Knettel

WHATTT I'm moving to Duluth or rochester! I need my dunkin coffee!!! drove from uptown to roch just for coffee!!

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

Eau Claire Wisconsin for an Eclaire.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Because there is a reason why some companies get as big as they get. Just saying.

Beva Airhart
Beva Airhart

Hurry Up & Get Here!! We rode up to Rochester from Apple Valley & waited in a long line!! For Iced Coffee!! Ok had a Donut!! Yum!!!

SAgross
SAgross

Is there a reason why we don't have more Kwick Trips in the Metro? We have all of these overprices Super Americas instead, did someone get paid off for this? 

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

Why do Minnesotans love and support these national chains that come in an drive out the local neighborhood business'?

Marlena Myles
Marlena Myles

In New England, DD is everywhere! And I didn't see any local coffee shops~ It's like the emerald ash borer trying to invade MN. I know I'll never visit one of these and coffee isn't even good.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

Can't wait till they're back in the cities!

Hannah Edwards
Hannah Edwards

Yesssssssssssss!!! This makes me so happy \U0001f603

Nick Kangbateh
Nick Kangbateh

We used to have one in Brooklyn Park off of Brooklyn Blvd. Crispy Kreme drove them away though lol

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