Dunkin’ Donuts, the iconic donut and coffee shop that has been been to many East Coast transplants what In-n-Out Burger has been to West Coasters moving east, announced today that they will be opening locations in Southern California. Dunkin’ Donuts will open 18 locations in Orange County and the South Bay in 2015, they announced in a press release today, July 25. Los Angeles will get several, in areas from the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley and even Barstow will get a location. Frontier Group, led by local businessmen Dan Almquist and Robert Jonas, signed the company’s first California development agreement to develop 18 restaurants in Central Orange County and the South Bay Coastal region of Los Angeles County.
“We have had an overwhelming response by prospective franchisees interested in opening Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Southern California, and we are delighted to see both existing and new franchisee groups, each of whom has tremendous business experience, bring Dunkin’ Donuts to The Golden State,” said Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. & Canada. “Our continued focus on franchisee profitability and restaurant economics has made our long-awaited expansion into California possible, and we continue to believe that Dunkin’ Donuts has tremendous domestic growth opportunities both east and west of the Mississippi.”
“As we develop Southern California, we continue to look for qualified, multi-unit franchise candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience who want to become part of a nationally established restaurant concept with more than 60 years of franchising experience and 95 percent brand recognition,” added Grant Benson, CFE, Vice President of Franchising and Business Development, Dunkin’ Brands. “For a limited time, special development incentives are available, including reduced royalty fees in the early years and a $10,000 local store marketing contribution by the company for qualifying franchisees.”
Dunkin’ Donuts has long been known for the quality of their coffee and baked goods, so it brings a formidable new player to the Orange County market. They are still using the same proprietary coffee blend developed by their founder in 1955. Fans of Dunkin’ Donuts have long wished for them to come to California. They have developed a cult following among customers who live in the East and Midwest. For them, it is like In-n-Out Burger is in California; a favorite local chain restaurant that many deeply miss when they move out to the West Coast. For a while, nearby Camp Pendelton has had a Dunkin’ Donuts location, but that has only made it worse for fans of the chain since it is only accessible for people authorized to be on the base. Now, there is a bright spot for the transplant to Orange and LA counties. Expatriates from the eastern and central parts of the country can rejoice. Dunkin’ Donuts is on the way!