Dunkin' Is Permanently Closing 800 of Its Locations—Here's Why (2024)

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Updated: Nov. 10, 2023

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    800 Dunkin' locations are getting the boot by the end of the year—here's what we know.

    Prepare to say goodbye to a daily Boston Kreme, because Dunkin’ will be closing up shop on 800 locations by the end of 2020. This might be the biggest news since Dunkin’ dropped the Donuts part of its name.

    This means Dunkin’ will be have slimmed-down ranks like Starbucks and McDonald’s, which recently shuttered a number of locations.

    Don’t worry, though—there will still be plenty of stores Dunkin’ that stay open.

    Why Is Dunkin’ Closing Stores?

    During the first round of closures, the only locations in danger of getting the boot were located inside of Speedway gas stations (which are primarily on the East Coast) and are smaller than usual Dunkin’ locations, with limited menus. This news was originally reported back in February, but Dunkin’ has recently confirmed the closures. According to Dunkin’s chief financial officer Kate Jaspon, these locations represented less than 0.5% of the chain’s U.S. sales in 2019.

    The major change we’ll see in the chain comes after Dunkin’s second quarter earning results, which determined 350more locations will be permanently closing their doors, though there’s no confirmation of where. The combined total means 800 stores will close in the US by the end of 2020. It’s not all bad news, though—96% of Dunkin’ locations have opened up shop as of July 25, and sales have slowly risen ever since.

    In short, these Dunkin’ locations inside of gas stations were underperforming even before the global pandemic hit.

    The World Runs on Dunkin’

    Even though there are nine states where Dunkin’ doesn’t do business, they still manage the be the #1 doughnut retailer in the United States and claims to sell more than 2.9 billion doughnuts and 2 billion cups of coffee each year. That’s a lot of doughnuts!

    If you haven’t checked out the Dunkin’ menu at locations around the world, you’re in for a treat. Sure, you might find glazed and old-fashioned doughnuts, but you’ll also discover unexpected ingredients like Parmesan cheese and dates!

    These Dunkin’ copycat recipes show you how to recreate all of your favorites, from Coolattas to breakfast sandwiches.

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    Krista Garcia

    Krista is a writer, blogger and content creator specializing in food and travel, plus digital commerce and the retail industry. A self-proclaimed cat lady and lover of unnaturally colored food, she’s now based in Portland, Oregon, after a long time in NYC.

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