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Dunkin' Donuts to Expand in SoCal in 2015

The company states in a press release that it is looking at opening shops in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange counties.

Dunkin' Donuts announced Tuesday on PR Newswire that it is expanding to Southern California with a long-term goal of having more than 15,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United States.

"Specifically, the company is recruiting multi-unit franchisees for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange counties and expects restaurants in these markets will begin to open in 2015.  The company is also interested in identifying qualified food service operators for a wide range of non-traditional venues including colleges and universities, casinos, military bases, supermarkets, airports and travel centers," stated the release.

Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin' Brands and President, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. Nigel Travis said, "Expansion to California has always been part of our plan to grow Dunkin' Donuts' presence in the U.S."

The buzz around Dunkin' Donuts opening the first California location at Camp Pendleton led to the base releasing a statement stating it would be harder for the public to get on base to eat there.

Would you want to see a Dunkin' Donuts in your community? Tell us in comments.

Warren G. January 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I remember there bieing a Dunkin Donuts at Prospect & PCH in Hermosa Beach for a few years, but it didnt last. Why would they expect it to be different now? Back when I was a teen they built a DD next door to my parents house. The smell at first was good but it soon turned to be a pain in the neck. I agree that the "mom& pop" stores will survive once again and hopefully DD doesnt make this foolish mistake again.
Sandy Marchese January 19, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I think years ago there was a DD at Crenshaw and.Sepulveda. now it is a another name. How is crispy cream doing up on Artesia?
Watts January 19, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I see a couple of references to DD being in CA before, but I am 99% sure those are incorrect. I have, over the years, seen donut shops that used the color theme of Dunkin' Donuts and even use names that started with two D's, so that they would have a similar logo, but have never seen a Dunkin' Donuts and when I first moved to CA and couldn't believe that they were not here, I called their headquarters to ask about it and they said back then that there were none in CA. And I have checked the internet location finders, etc. at least once a year ever since. So it would have to be pre-1990, but even at that, as far as how companies like DD franchise, it wouldn't even make sense for them to cross the country for just one or two obscure locations. One of my college roomate's family owned 4 locations and he even dropped out of college to go in on a new franchise with his brother. I saw what DD did for franchises and the amount of research that they provided up front for determining locations is very regionally bound and wouldn't have been something that could just throw together for a couple of haphazard locations in such a massive state (probably also why they are only announcing SoCal and not all of CA now). I am sure that there may have even been a store or two who did try to use the name decades ago, without a legal franchise license, but that would also explain why these locations closed or had name changes.
Nicole Mooradian January 19, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I swear there used to be Dunkin' Donuts out here. I remember it when I was a little kid—don't remember where they were, but the name was certainly familiar to me. (This is from the person who has a weird interest in regional names—I had no idea what Edy's brand ice cream was in Virginia until I learned it was the same thing as Dreyer's. Same goes for Carls Jr. and Hardees.) It was shocking when I learned there were none in California a few years ago.
Mike January 20, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Being born in Southern California and now living in NYC, these are some of the worst donuts I have every had-no texture with a manufactured aftertaste to them. Even Krispy Kreme is way better. NYC may have the market on quality bagels but SoCal has the market on donuts esp from the local independent places on the westside that are more artisan almost. I will give you that DD has some good coffee and may give Starbucks a run esp for inexpensive good coffee, but as for donuts-long live places like Randy's.

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