We’ve enjoyed a 2020 full of Dunkin’ Donuts beer, free coffee Mondays and free donut Fridays, but there’s some bad news for the largest donut chain in the U.S.

Like many other restaurants, Dunkin’ has had to adjust how they did business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Part of their strategy is to close hundreds of stores.

Here’s what’s happening:

 

Dunkin’ has exited Speedway gas stations.

Of the 687 Dunkin’ Donuts locations closed in 2020, the vast majority, 477, were inside of Speedway gas stations — a partnership Dunkin’ announced they’ll end in 2020.

The rest were standalone locations across the country.

 

By the end of the year, 800 underperforming stores will close.

Dunkin’ hasn’t released an official list of closing stores, but has stated that the affected locations were “underperforming” for the company, according to Restaurant Dive. The 800 stores (which include those 687 that have already closed this year) represent about 8% of the total Dunkin’ locations.

Dunkin’ also reported that they opened 80 new stores and renovated 60 high-performing stores this year.

 

Dunkin’ & Baskin-Robbins are joining the Arby’s family.

Inspire Brands, the parent company of popular restaurant chains Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Jimmy John’s, announced on Oct. 30 that they’re buying Dunkin’ Brands Group, which includes Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

The $11.3 billion purchase adds more than 12,500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations and nearly 8,000 Baskin-Robbins to Inspire’s portfolio, which will include more than 31,600 restaurants worldwide.

 

 

If your location closes, get Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at the store for cheap.

The cheapest place to get Dunkin’ coffee is CVS. At KCL, we are constantly monitoring prices for Dunkin’ Donuts products in stores, and have an ongoing list of Dunkin’ Donuts coupons.

 

Or just have Dunkin’ delivered.

Dunkin’ Donuts is delivered via GrubHub, Uber Eats and DoorDash, so if there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts in your area, you can have it delivered to you.

Check your zip code on DunkinDonuts.com to see if delivery is available to you.

 

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