Dunkin’ Donuts Will Close 450 Stores by the End of This Year

Emily Tannenbaum

Dunkin’ Donuts recently dropped Donuts from its name, but now it’s letting go of something even bigger. Don’t worry, it’s not the hashbrowns. 

According to a new statement, Dunkin’ will be closing 450 locations by 2021, specifically coffee shops placed inside Speedway gas stations throughout the East Coast. “Dunkin’ reached an agreement with Speedway earlier this year to exit the approximately 450 Speedway owned and operated limited menu Dunkin’ locations along the East Coast by the end of 2020,” the company said, per People.

According to the publication, the original announcement came before national COVID-19 shutdowns and coincides with the end of Dunkin’s partnership with Hess Corporation, owned by Speedway. 

“By exiting these sites, we are confident we will be better positioned to serve these trade areas with Dunkin’s newest Next Generation restaurant design that offers a broader menu and modern experience,” the coffee chain’s statement continued. “We also remain committed to growing our presence in gas and convenience locations, as well as other nontraditional locations, including airports, universities, travel plazas, and military installations.”

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Despite closures, Dunkin’ has announced its “first-ever national advertising campaign aimed at recruitment” in hopes of hiring up to 25,000 new employees as the country reopens amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Dunkin’ Donuts—it may have dropped the Donuts, but this New Englander never will—did not announce changes due to COVID-19, but other coffee chains have. In June, Starbucks announced the closure of 400 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

According to Tech Crunch, Starbucks plans to invest further in pre-order Pickup stores in response to the pandemic as well as adjusting locations to better serve customers through drive-throughs and curbside pickups. 

The food and drink industry is far from the only one affected by the national health crisis. According to a recent report from the retail data firm Coresight Research, 20,000 to 25,000 stores in the U.S. could permanently close this year. For a full list, Glamour has you covered

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