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Sadface: Dunkin' Donuts' CA Expansion Not So Rapid

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If you're a Dunkin' Donuts fan who doesn't want to make the trip to Camp Pendleton to get your crullers and Coolattas, you're going to be waiting a little bit longer for your 'hood to get a location. That's because the company is focusing on opening military base DD's, and not so much on flooding the California market with their shops.

"Dunkin’ Donuts has 26 outlets on military bases worldwide, including 19 in the U.S., and the company is actively looking to develop more, said Michelle King, a company spokeswoman," according to a recent article in Nation's Restaurant News.

Then, King follows up with the bad news:

“We recognize there is a lot of demand for Dunkin’ Donuts in California, as evidenced by the fact that California is the No. 1 state for sales of our bagged grocery coffee,” said King. However, she added, “Camp Pendleton is a unique nontraditional location, and it will be some time before we consider expanding in California beyond the military base.”
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Sigh. Sorry fans.

And just in case the ol' debate is sweeting up to be sparked again, the brand new Camp Pendleton location marks the first Dunkin' Donuts in California since 2002, when, as NRN notes, "the chain pulled its final location out of Sacramento." So if you think there's one at the corner of this-and-that you pass every day on your commute, frankly, you're tripping.