Monday, September 25, 2006

Still No Dunkin'

I noticed a spike in the Franklin Avenue traffic late last week for people looking for info about Dunkin' Donuts in Los Angeles. So I decided to investigate and see if there was any movement in plans to bring the chain here.

Last December, we wrote that the new Dunkin' Brands owners (Bain Capital Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and the Carlyle Group) were planning an aggressive expansion across the U.S. for its Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and Togo's chains.

Baskin-Robbins and Togo's are both well represented here, but Dunkin' Donuts has been out of the L.A. market for well over a decade. Sadly, that won't be changing anytime soon.

According to a Dunkin' spokesman, the company's national expansion plans include Southern California -- eventually. His words: "It's not going to be for some time."

In other words, don't get your hopes up yet. And I'm sure Krispy Kreme's collapse here hasn't helped. L.A. is already saturated (pun intended) with mom-and-pop donut shops, as well as chains such as Yum Yum and Winchell's.

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