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Old 09-15-2014, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I don't think there will ever be any real competition between Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.

I agree with those who have said that the old DD donuts were much better...fresh made in individual shops each morning. Dear God but the smeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell walking into that shop. LOL. Mmmmm.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:11 AM
 
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Back in the 1980s, 1990s I often went to Dunkin Donuts in the NY Long Island area (Queens and Nassau mostly). I LOVED DD, especially their vanilla cream filled donuts. Their jelly-filled donuts were good too. My friends loved DD too.

When I moved to L.A. in 1987, I missed DD. Winchell's was dreadful by comparison. Dry donuts, smaller selection. Always looked forward to DD when visiting NY.

DD did slide in quality in the 1990s. Fewer stores were 24/7. The attendants (mostly Indians or Pakistanis) were surlier, less customer friendly.

I stopped going to DD by the late 1990s. Became more health-oriented, so now I don't eat donuts at all. I'm also a Starbucks person now.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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This is interesting from Wikipedia

The company primarily competes with Starbucks, as over half the company's business is in coffee sales.

Dunkin' Brands was bought by French beverage company Pernod Ricard S.A. from Allied Domecq under the corporate name of Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants. In 2014, Dunkin' Donuts is owned by Dunkin' Brands Inc. that also owns Baskin-Robbins and previously owned the Togo's chain, the latter sold it in late 2007 to a private equity firm. Pernod Ricard agreed in December 2005 to sell the Dunkin' Brands a consortium of three private-equity firms: Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners

The former connection with Bain (of Mitt Romney Fame) and Carlyle Group (of Farenheit 9/11 / Bush Family Fame) is pretty interesting.

It looks like it's now owned by Institutional Investors/ Mutual Funds

As Private Equity Cashes Out, What

I wonder if it was still owned by Bain/Carlyle equity funds if they would even be able to do business in L.A , since both companies have a pretty bad reputation with Democrats mostly.

I wonder if there would be Chick Fil A style boycotts
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be.
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DD has great coffee, but why anyone would go there for donuts when Randy's is available is beyond me.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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IMHO, DD's coffee started to go way downhill about 10-15 years ago. The donuts well before that. Furthermore, in my experience back east, the quality levels overall varied immensely between franchises even a block apart. I mean like one would have coffee you could read a book through and another would have a decent cup.

I think the nostalgia/homesickness will wear off.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be.
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IMHO, DD's coffee started to go way downhill about 10-15 years ago. The donuts well before that. Furthermore, in my experience back east, the quality levels overall varied immensely between franchises even a block apart. I mean like one would have coffee you could read a book through and another would have a decent cup.

I think the nostalgia/homesickness will wear off.
Agree 100%, but the one we frequent here on the East Coast has great coffee and their donuts are fresh, but Wawa's donuts still beat them out taste-wise. I want to open one of those in L.A.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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wow, less than 48 hours since original post and seven pages already....and a 6.5% reply/viewer ratio

yup, donut capital of the country!
Donut capital is an understatement. I read somewhere that Greater Los Angeles has 1600+ donut shops, outpacing the entire state of Texas by a huge margin.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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Dunkin Donuts is a great snack with coffee to bring for everybody at work to enjoy. Dunkin Donuts is fresh and easy to buy before sunrise like you would buy pizzas to feed hungry fans during game events.
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Altadena, CA
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Wait until Tim Horton's goes to California. DD won't know what hit them.
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