It’s time to eat more donuts

08.3.2007 by André Natta · → 23 Comments

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That’s what Dunkin Donuts is banking on. The Birmingham Business Journal is reporting (paid subscription) that the Canton, MA based company plans to blanket the Birmingham market with 72 locations over the next few years. It will be interesting to see how these new locations will fit into the regional market since already enjoy a Shipley’s location in Hoover and three Krispy Kreme locations throughout metro Birmingham.

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Patsy Harris
Patsy Harris

Dunkin Donuts are an all time favorite. I also remember the store on Oxmoor Road. At the time they closed, this area was slowly dying out with alot of businesses moving from the area. I was so sad to find it gone. The proposed 72 stores might be a little much but I personally would like to see you look at the Alabaster area since they have two new shopping malls, along with several restaurants, Starbucks, etc. This area could be a "gold mine" for one of your proposed locations. Please do yourself a BIG favor and look at this area. Oh yes, Dunkin Donuts are a huge step above Krispy Kreme for quality, good tasing donuts!!!!

Patsy Harris
Patsy Harris

Dunkin Donuts are an all time favorite. I also remember the store on Oxmoor Road. At the time they closed, this area was slowly dying out with alot of businesses moving from the area. I was so sad to find it gone. The proposed 72 stores might be a little much but I personally would like to see you look at the Alabaster area since they have two new shopping malls, along with several restaurants, Starbucks, etc. This area could be a "gold mine" for one of your proposed locations. Please do yourself a BIG favor and look at this area. Oh yes, Dunkin Donuts are a huge step above Krispy Kreme for quality, good tasing donuts!!!!

John Utler
John Utler

I would rather us get a LaMar's donuts--great variety of donuts and great coffee and lattes

John Utler
John Utler

I would rather us get a LaMar's donuts--great variety of donuts and great coffee and lattes

LM
LM

DD will dominate all in town.. .KK makes 1 good donut and their coffee is terrible. DD has great coffee and other higher-end drinks to compete with Starbucks. Plus each DD has a Baskin Robbins for the ice cream lovers in town. Bham made a mistake years ago by allowing the DD stores to close...let's not repeat our mistakes.

LM
LM

DD will dominate all in town.. .KK makes 1 good donut and their coffee is terrible. DD has great coffee and other higher-end drinks to compete with Starbucks. Plus each DD has a Baskin Robbins for the ice cream lovers in town. Bham made a mistake years ago by allowing the DD stores to close...let's not repeat our mistakes.

David
David

Krispy Kreme makes one good donut. Every variety other than glazed is pretty awful. Their "cakier" donuts are simply awful. You can't have a donut shop that only sells glazed donuts. Dunkin donuts makes the whole range of donuts, and they are all very decent. They don't make a great "high end" donut (apple fritter, cin. rolls/pershing, old fashioned) which will allow a well positioned independent player to survive. Daylight Donuts guy on Inverness was a bit crazy to open the business in light of the huge potential entry. He should focus on the "high end" varieties, but he's currently at the wrong price point. Should be at 75 and 1.25 and then swtich to 85 and 150 over time. Some of the donuts could be better as the fritter is too flat looking, and he needs a massive buttermilk bar alongside the tasty pinecone.

David
David

Krispy Kreme makes one good donut. Every variety other than glazed is pretty awful. Their "cakier" donuts are simply awful. You can't have a donut shop that only sells glazed donuts. Dunkin donuts makes the whole range of donuts, and they are all very decent. They don't make a great "high end" donut (apple fritter, cin. rolls/pershing, old fashioned) which will allow a well positioned independent player to survive. Daylight Donuts guy on Inverness was a bit crazy to open the business in light of the huge potential entry. He should focus on the "high end" varieties, but he's currently at the wrong price point. Should be at 75 and 1.25 and then swtich to 85 and 150 over time. Some of the donuts could be better as the fritter is too flat looking, and he needs a massive buttermilk bar alongside the tasty pinecone.

JON
JON

The only reason Dunkin Donuts left Bham is the company was restructuring. They have since been taken over by a very ambicious group of men. I'm sure they will do well.

JON
JON

The only reason Dunkin Donuts left Bham is the company was restructuring. They have since been taken over by a very ambicious group of men. I'm sure they will do well.

Christina
Christina

I wonder how this ties into to Publix starting to carry DD coffee. Does the donut company consider it the first small step into the market?

Christina
Christina

I wonder how this ties into to Publix starting to carry DD coffee. Does the donut company consider it the first small step into the market?

Michael
Michael

Dunkin Donuts better than Krispy Kreme...... blasphemy.

Michael
Michael

Dunkin Donuts better than Krispy Kreme...... blasphemy.

Matt
Matt

I was all set to agree with Jacob's sentiments (72 stores in one city that currently hosts none?), then he blasphemed with the absurd notion that Krispy Kreme is superior to Duncan Donuts. Of course, in Boston, 72 stores would be a conservative number for a 3-block radius.

Matt
Matt

I was all set to agree with Jacob's sentiments (72 stores in one city that currently hosts none?), then he blasphemed with the absurd notion that Krispy Kreme is superior to Duncan Donuts. Of course, in Boston, 72 stores would be a conservative number for a 3-block radius.

Jacob
Jacob

72 locations is bit much isn't it? I sure would hate for all of them to fail because KK is so much better.

Jacob
Jacob

72 locations is bit much isn't it? I sure would hate for all of them to fail because KK is so much better.

Joy Myers
Joy Myers

I have no idea how they'll do... but all the people I know from the "north" (where DD is already everywhere) swear they have the best coffee anywhere!

Joy Myers
Joy Myers

I have no idea how they'll do... but all the people I know from the "north" (where DD is already everywhere) swear they have the best coffee anywhere!

Heather
Heather

Back in the 80's there was a Dunkin' Donuts on Oxmoor Road. It went out of business fairly quickly even without competition from Shipley's and Krispy Kreme (the closest KK at that time was in Tuscaloosa). I wonder why DD has decided to try again?

Heather
Heather

Back in the 80's there was a Dunkin' Donuts on Oxmoor Road. It went out of business fairly quickly even without competition from Shipley's and Krispy Kreme (the closest KK at that time was in Tuscaloosa). I wonder why DD has decided to try again?

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