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2020-10-25 8:34:49 PM  
1) Change the name on the sign back to Dunkin' Donuts. Nobody calls it anything else. You're just embarrassing the brand by trying to he hip and down with the kids with that "slang" name. You're not a f*cking website.

2) Start making them fresh in the shops again, instead of having them trucked in from a warehouse. Krispy Kreme has kicked your ass, and taken your customer base because you got cheap and lazy and stale. If what you provide in your shops is equal to or even lesser quality than the stuff in the plastic cabinet at the corner gas station, what's the point of you?
 
2020-10-25 8:44:34 PM  
Why are they even still popular?

Their coffee is gross
If you get coffee with sugar in it they put in a metric shiat ton of sugar and you get a slurry instead
The donuts unless you happen upon one of the few distribution stores are not fresh
Their food items are absolutely gross even by cheap 'grab and go' guilty pleasure standards
 
2020-10-25 9:00:53 PM  

styckx: Why are they even still popular?


Momentum. It can take awhile for a long-established brand to be completely run into the ground. They are now at the "sell off the wreckage" stage of their collapse.
 
2020-10-25 9:01:03 PM  

bloobeary: 2) Start making them fresh in the shops again, instead of having them trucked in from a warehouse.


Won't happen. The change to trucked-in donuts was because of a previous PE buy-out, in the interest of "efficiency." Meaning profit.
 
2020-10-25 9:04:17 PM  

Unobtanium: bloobeary: 2) Start making them fresh in the shops again, instead of having them trucked in from a warehouse.

Won't happen. The change to trucked-in donuts was because of a previous PE buy-out, in the interest of "efficiency." Meaning profit.


Yeah, they were Bain'd
 
2020-10-25 9:07:26 PM  

bloobeary: styckx: Why are they even still popular?

Momentum. It can take awhile for a long-established brand to be completely run into the ground. They are now at the "sell off the wreckage" stage of their collapse.


So why are they STILL opening new store after new store after new store?  Seriously, as a person living in the land of Wawa and shiatty Dollar Stores, Dunkin is right in the race of polluting the area with as many stores as they possibly cram in..

Exhibit A. https://www.gloucestercitynews.net​/cle​arysnotebook/2020/10/cnb-business-news​-dunkin-unveils-restaurant-of-the-futu​re-in-mullica-hill-.html
 
2020-10-25 10:56:29 PM  
Those vanilla nut taps...
 
2020-10-25 11:08:53 PM  
I miss Shipley's, personally
 
2020-10-25 11:09:33 PM  

TuckFrump: I miss Shipley's, personally


Edited to add: And Winchell's. I have not seen a Winchell's in about 20 years
 
2020-10-26 12:49:54 AM  

TuckFrump: TuckFrump: I miss Shipley's, personally

Edited to add: And Winchell's. I have not seen a Winchell's in about 20 years


I've never heard of them until I moved to Vegas. I Ubereats a box of Winchell's to my work a few times a month now.
 
2020-10-26 1:10:15 AM  

Ronnie_Zman: TuckFrump: TuckFrump: I miss Shipley's, personally

Edited to add: And Winchell's. I have not seen a Winchell's in about 20 years

I've never heard of them until I moved to Vegas. I Ubereats a box of Winchell's to my work a few times a month now.


What's it like?   I mean, going to work?
 
2020-10-26 1:44:31 AM  

styckx: bloobeary: styckx: Why are they even still popular?

Momentum. It can take awhile for a long-established brand to be completely run into the ground. They are now at the "sell off the wreckage" stage of their collapse.

So why are they STILL opening new store after new store after new store?  Seriously, as a person living in the land of Wawa and shiatty Dollar Stores, Dunkin is right in the race of polluting the area with as many stores as they possibly cram in..

Exhibit A. https://www.gloucestercitynews.net/​clearysnotebook/2020/10/cnb-business-n​ews-dunkin-unveils-restaurant-of-the-f​uture-in-mullica-hill-.html


I don't know either.  Living in California, my first Dunkin Donuts experience was during a handful of visits to Boston over 20 years ago.  I thought the donuts were fairly good but the coffee was amazing.  Last October I went on vacation in Boston with the wife and another couple.  I talked up Dunkin Donuts and how great the coffee was.  First visit, bad.  Second visit, much worse.  Never again.

I guess maybe you don't notice the drop in quality over time as much if you're going all the time and see it incrementally as opposed to when your visits are spaced 20 years apart.
 
2020-10-26 1:47:08 AM  

Maybe you should drive: styckx: bloobeary: styckx: Why are they even still popular?

Momentum. It can take awhile for a long-established brand to be completely run into the ground. They are now at the "sell off the wreckage" stage of their collapse.

So why are they STILL opening new store after new store after new store?  Seriously, as a person living in the land of Wawa and shiatty Dollar Stores, Dunkin is right in the race of polluting the area with as many stores as they possibly cram in..

Exhibit A. https://www.gloucestercitynews.net/​clearysnotebook/2020/10/cnb-business-n​ews-dunkin-unveils-restaurant-of-the-f​uture-in-mullica-hill-.html

I don't know either.  Living in California, my first Dunkin Donuts experience was during a handful of visits to Boston over 20 years ago.  I thought the donuts were fairly good but the coffee was amazing.  Last October I went on vacation in Boston with the wife and another couple.  I talked up Dunkin Donuts and how great the coffee was.  First visit, bad.  Second visit, much worse.  Never again.

I guess maybe you don't notice the drop in quality over time as much if you're going all the time and see it incrementally as opposed to when your visits are spaced 20 years apart.


Could be.. Their coffee is an atrocious excuse for coffee. It's weak, nearly no real flavor and watery..
 
2020-10-26 3:22:31 AM  
Why bother? Dunkin' destroyed itself to save a few bucks several years ago. That's usually what private equity is supposed to do.
 
2020-10-26 6:17:49 AM  
When a company names themselves anything like "Inspire Brands", you just know they're purveyors of garbage.
 
2020-10-26 7:11:37 AM  

hlehmann: When a company names themselves anything like "Inspire Brands", you just know they're purveyors of garbage.


They are where chains go to die.

/ They nearly killed Wendy's
// Arby's is on life support
/// Buffalo Wild Wings is...
 
2020-10-26 7:40:45 AM  
I prefer Krispy Kreme mostly from growing up in the south.  Dunkin Donuts is ok, but nothing compared to fresh from the fryer donuts coming off the machine when the KK light is on.  Shipleys is better than both, but is nowhere to be seen here.

I'm curious about the "Dunkin'" thing.  I live in an area that has 7 DD's within 5 miles*, and they all have DONUTS on the signs, even the one added in 2018 because 6 wasn't enough.

/*these all have drive-thrus, while Starbucks has only 1 drive-thru location... That's pretty wildly lopsided compared to anywhere I've lived before.
//forced to choose, I'll drink DD over 'Bucks
///regional variations are weird sometimes
 
2020-10-26 8:39:11 AM  
For some reason, Oregon has many excellent independent and small chain donut shops.  I think there's a DD in Gresham, OR.  That's about 50 miles away.  ditto KK. Since there's a DayNight place about two miles north of out house, no problem.  I wish there was a Heavenly Donut in Salem, though.

Most of the larger grocery stores also have bakeries.
 
2020-10-26 11:49:11 AM  

Izunbacol: I'm curious about the "Dunkin'" thing. I live in an area that has 7 DD's within 5 miles*, and they all have DONUTS on the signs, even the one added in 2018 because 6 wasn't enough.


New/remodeled locations have been dropping the 'Donuts' at least in my area.

/I got a dozen donuts last week because I had a free gift card....they were very underwhelming in every way. The day-old donuts at the local supermarket in my area are 10x better, and a lot cheaper.
 
2020-10-26 12:41:28 PM  
Dunkin's dough is better than most. They are stingy on the icing. I've never seen a dunkin donut with as much icing as the one shown in the article.
 
2020-10-26 12:56:27 PM  

natazha: For some reason, Oregon has many excellent independent and small chain donut shops.  I think there's a DD in Gresham, OR.  That's about 50 miles away.  ditto KK. Since there's a DayNight place about two miles north of out house, no problem.  I wish there was a Heavenly Donut in Salem, though.

Most of the larger grocery stores also have bakeries.


The west coast in general has this.  California has a ton of mom and pop immigrant owned donut shops.  Opening a donut store in the run down stripmall and charging .50 a donut seems to be a favorite pastime for old Korean immigrants around these parts, which I am eternally thankful for, particularly since most of the chains couldn't produce a proper buttermilk donut to save their lives
 
2020-10-26 1:50:07 PM  

boozehat: Ronnie_Zman: TuckFrump: TuckFrump: I miss Shipley's, personally

Edited to add: And Winchell's. I have not seen a Winchell's in about 20 years

I've never heard of them until I moved to Vegas. I Ubereats a box of Winchell's to my work a few times a month now.

What's it like?   I mean, going to work?


Lots of survivor guilt, for sure.
 
2020-10-26 6:25:26 PM  
If Inspire Brands doesn't scare you enough, read up on all the tentacles of its parent company, Roark Capital Group.  Yes, the name comes from where you think it comes from.
 
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