Dunkin’ Is Permanently Closing 800 of Its Locations—Here’s Why

800 Dunkin' locations are getting the boot by the end of the year—here's what we know.

Prepare to say goodbye to a daily Boston Kreme, because Dunkin’ will be closing up shop on 800 locations by the end of 2020. This might be the biggest news since Dunkin’ dropped the Donuts part of its name.

This means Dunkin’ will be have slimmed-down ranks like Starbucks and McDonald’s, which recently shuttered a number of locations.

Don’t worry, though—there will still be plenty of stores Dunkin’ that stay open.

Why Is Dunkin’ Closing Stores?

During the first round of closures, the only locations in danger of getting the boot were located inside of Speedway gas stations (which are primarily on the East Coast) and are smaller than usual Dunkin’ locations, with limited menus. This news was originally reported back in February, but Dunkin’ has recently confirmed the closures. According to Dunkin’s chief financial officer Kate Jaspon, these locations represented less than 0.5% of the chain’s U.S. sales in 2019.

The major change we’ll see in the chain comes after Dunkin’s second quarter earning results, which determined 350 more locations will be permanently closing their doors, though there’s no confirmation of where. The combined total means 800 stores will close in the US by the end of 2020. It’s not all bad news, though—96% of Dunkin’ locations have opened up shop as of July 25, and sales have slowly risen ever since.

In short, these Dunkin’ locations inside of gas stations were underperforming even before the global pandemic hit.

The World Runs on Dunkin’

Even though there are nine states where Dunkin’ doesn’t do business, they still manage the be the #1 doughnut retailer in the United States and claims to sell more than 2.9 billion doughnuts and 2 billion cups of coffee each year. That’s a lot of doughnuts!

If you haven’t checked out the Dunkin’ menu at locations around the world, you’re in for a treat. Sure, you might find glazed and old-fashioned doughnuts, but you’ll also discover unexpected ingredients like Parmesan cheese and dates!

These Dunkin’ copycat recipes show you how to recreate all of your favorites, from Coolattas to breakfast sandwiches.

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Krista Garcia
Krista has had 20 years of media experience. For eight of them, she's been freelancing for various food and travel brands like Taste of Home, Eater, The Kitchn and Fodor's. As a writer for Taste of Home, Krista’s specialty has been sharing all the latest food news from new types of candy to restaurant updates to viral TikTok cooking hacks. A food blogger since the early 2000s, Krista founded the site Goodies First, although these days she's focused on the digital commerce space. At the same time her blogging days tapered off, Krista moved back to Oregon (where she grew up) after a long stint in New York City.