Dunkin’ Donuts announced it will open a new restaurant in Barstow, California, at the historic Barstow Station on November 4, 2013. This is the second Dunkin’ Donuts non-traditional location to open in the state of California. To celebrate the opening, the restaurant will give a free travel mug to the first 200 guests on opening day.
Beginning Tuesday, November 5, donut aficionados in South Jordan, Utah, can enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts, with the opening of a new location at 11429 South District Main Drive. The restaurant includes a drive thru and is located in the District, just west of Harmons.
Sizzling Platter LLC, a Utah-based restaurant management company, will open this location, with additional Dunkin’ Donuts sites planned for the Wasatch Front in Utah. Currently, there are five other Dunkin’ Donut stores along the Wasatch Front: one each in Ogden, Bountiful, West Valley City, Taylorsville, and Salt Lake City.
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart.
Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods. In addition to a morning cup of java, many customers anticipate a variety of baked breakfast items behind the bakery glass case, from syrupy sweet cinnamon rolls to savory crusted quiche.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, HT2 Franchising LLC, to develop nine new restaurants throughout Reno, Nevada. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020.
HT2 Franchising LLC is led by entrepreneur and Reno native Nicole Hansen. Alongside her team, she will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. Hansen previously owned six privately branded coffee shops in Washington state and has strong ties with several businesses within the local community.
Dunkin' Donuts continues to grow its presence on campuses around the country. The company's increased focus on non-traditional locations offers college students, faculty, and staff a line-up of beverages and food between classes, tests, and studying.
Dunkin’ Donuts offers restaurant models to suit any university, including full retail shops and kiosks for campus centers, student unions, dining commons, and other high-traffic locations at or near schools.
With Halloween approaching, Dunkin’ Donuts announced the return of the Boston Scream Donut, the brand’s seasonal variation of its classic Boston Kreme donut, tricked out for the holiday with an orange icing drizzle. The Boston Scream Donut is available through Halloween at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.
National news headlines have recently been peppered with stories of quick-serve customers behaving badly and employees keeping their cool. From last year’s video of a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee smartly handling an irate customer to this year’s story of a Dairy Queen crewmember who stood up to a woman after she took money from a blind man, quick-serve employees have been thrust into the national spotlight by offering shining examples of good customer service.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced its plans to expand to California’s Central Valley and Central Coast, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara. The company is recruiting multi-unit operators to open both traditional restaurants and a wide range of non-traditional venues, including colleges and universities, casinos, military bases, supermarkets, airports, and travel centers. Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state.
Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced the signing of a multistore development agreement with existing franchisees, Harry Patel and Parag Patel, to develop 18 new standalone restaurants in North Orange County and the Central Inland Empire. The first restaurant from their agreement is expected to open in 2015. New franchisees Jeff Shady and Jordon DiBiase will develop eight new standalone restaurants in the North Inland Empire, with their first restaurant also opening in 2015.
RSR Research unveiled the results of a benchmarking report entitled, “Digital Gift Cards: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.” This is the third time RSR has conducted an evaluation of top retailers’ digital gifting experiences. Based on the evaluation criteria, the retailers with the highest overall scores, and therefore the most comprehensive digital gift card offerings, are:
1. The Home Depot
4. Dunkin’ Donuts
5. The Cheesecake Factory