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The doughnut wars head west

Dunkin’ Donuts is returning to California

By Greg Thilmont Jan 16, 2013 2:55PM

Rings of glazed fried dough are big business in America. Doughnuts inspire loyalty in people, whether it be to a local shop or a national chain. Say like Dunkin’ Donuts.

The Los Angeles Times reported today that the New England mainstay is returning to Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange counties.

Dunkin’ Donuts, according to the story, is eyeing opening 150 stores in Southern California to start. Astonishingly, the company might eventually open as many as 1,000 doughnut emporiums throughout the Golden State.

Now that's a plan with a lot of holes!

Dunkin’ Donuts hasn't had any outposts in the state famous for the iconic Randy's Donuts in a decade. As a matter of quick comparison, rival Krispy Kreme's website lists 20 current California stores. So this is a major push in the highly competitive snack cake world.

It's big news for travelers, too. The story reports that Dunkin’ Donuts is favoring opening stores in places like universities, casinos, military bases and supermarkets and airports -- all of which see many people on-the-go.

But you don't need to rush out and buy plane tickets to LAX right now. The new westernmost Dunkin’ Donuts won't start opening until 2015.


Dunkin’ Donuts photo courtesy of Robert Banh

Jan 19, 2013 1:53AM
What about TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 19, 2013 12:18AM

It's not the donuts ---- it's all about the cawfee!!!! I want a lage regla! You know what I'm tawkin about....



Jan 18, 2013 11:35PM
The coffee is awful, it's the sugar LOADED product that has the Americano hooked !
Jan 18, 2013 6:51PM
I come from the city where Dunkin Donuts was born; Quincy, MA ( Also the home city of Howard Johnson, as well as two Presidents). The original store is still in operation on the Quincy/Braintree line.   Their glazed donuts were called Honey Dipped back when I was a kid and they are the originators of Iced Coffee.  In fact, I always thought that when iced coffee started to become popular at other venues, DD should advertise that they are  the creators of the original Iced Coffee. 
Jan 18, 2013 5:58PM

What's all this chatter about their doughnuts??!  I think their coffe is the best!!

Jan 18, 2013 4:52PM
If DD was smart, they would make a tavern/donut shop and call it DRUNKIN' Donuts...I guarantee that it would be a sellout on college campuses nationwide...
Jan 18, 2013 3:29PM
My all-time favorite DD is in Aruba!  They were selling $5 T-shirts advertising "Dunkin Donuts Aruba - It's worth the trip".  And the donuts were delicious . . .
Jan 18, 2013 12:08PM
Dunkin was in SoCa as recently as 2010.   Do research before saying there haven't been any in CA for a decade...
Jan 18, 2013 11:54AM
While I like Dunkin Dounuts, They are hardly a "breakfast chain", unless you can call a plate of deep fried dough with sugar a meal...
Jan 18, 2013 7:45AM
When I would travel through the south the locals would all praise crispy creme and to me it has too much sugar   now dunkin dounuts makes some killer bagels and at least some plain cake dounuts also great coffee but it does not matter  I would rather have a double double than a dounut anttime
Jan 18, 2013 1:24AM
Yes i agree Krispy Kreme sucks when they go cold it's like eating sugar coated card board with fat added. Dunkin donuts cold and filled are the BEST! Can't wait for their return and the coffee is better than Starbucks. I'm from Illinois and used to this company. 
Jan 17, 2013 11:10PM
Dunkin donuts used to be the best of the best!! but in the last seven to ten years they have skidded to last place in my book !! They used to be made fresh every six hours ! You could go in and get a fresh doughnut ant time,nite or day !! No more  They are made once a day and most of the time at a remote location and brought to the shops in vans or in the trunks of cars ! (yeah  the trunks of cars ).
Jan 17, 2013 11:00PM

Man, I miss my Dunkin Donuts!


I'm a transplant from Queens, New York, and here in California there are no donuts

compatible to DD's.


Everytime I visit NYC, I always bring back at least 4 dozens DD's.

Jan 17, 2013 9:19PM
There is an Dunkin Donuts on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego county. It has been there for over an year now!!  I love it!!!
Jan 17, 2013 8:36PM
I'll never go to a DD again. We had one open up around the corner. One morning, I got there a half hour after they opened and my donuts were FROZEN.  When I complained, the said the donuts didn't have time to thaw and that they were shipped in FROZEN! They aren't made in-store anymore. What happened to "Time to make the donuts"? I remember going into a DD and watching the donuts being made. Sometimes "progress" just sucks. I'll stick to Krispy Kreme.
Jan 17, 2013 7:49PM
They can stay there and take their NY stores with them.  Worse coffee in the city besides the food cart mud.   When they first opened it wasn't too bad,  but just got watered down.    You don't drink black coffee in a plastic or styrofoam cup, period.    Their donuts etc. have gone down the hill also.
Jan 17, 2013 7:45PM
Build one in SACTO and we shall come!
Jan 17, 2013 7:34PM

Proving once again - it all is a matter of taste.  Some love one brand others another.


I remeber spying a DD in Rome.  The people I was with & I - sprinted  not walked to it.  While the coffee was excellent in Rome,. we were homesick.

I love love love Dunkin Donuts - but not for the donuts! It's for the coffee - the BEST in the world!
Jan 17, 2013 7:28PM
The L.A. police dept just had an orgasm.
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