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Dunkin' Donuts, the well-established donut-and-coffee chain on the East Coast and in the Midwest — with 6700 store locations in the U.S. and 30 other countries — didn’t have a California location until earlier this month.

Located inside Camp Pendleton’s new MCX store (a one-stop shop for active duty military and their families), Dunkin' Donuts opened with little fanfare on May 3.

Upon hearing of the store's opening, I tried on numerous occasions to get a comment from the Dunkin' Donuts corporation based in Massachusetts. It took several weeks for a spokesperson to respond to emails.

On May 22, PR manager McCall Gosslin responded that they understand the demand for Dunkin' Donuts in California, pointing out that the state is number one in sales for their prepackaged coffee. But, he added, it will be a long time before other California locations are added. He said Camp Pendleton officials reached out to Dunkin' Donuts because of their popularity at other military installations.

Speculation as to why a multinational company won't have an additional presence in California can be drawn from an announcement last year that Carl’s Jr. will no longer seek to open additional California locations due to a regulatory process that takes two to three years.

On May 23, Dunkin' Donuts manager Daisy said they were extremely busy and that the Marines are aware of the fact that theirs is the first shop in California.

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Duhbya May 25, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m.

Huh? Is it me, or did Drunken Donuts have a substantial presence all over SD as far back as the Eighties?. I remember one on the Casa de Oro side of Spring St in La Mesa quite vividly. Did they abandon the County at some point? I know I did. They're as ubiquitous in the East as sushi bars are in the West.


kearnykomet71 May 26, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m.

We used to have Dunkin Donut shops up here in Seattle, but they left. Growing up in San Diego, I remember Winchell's and Heavenly Donuts, but alas they are "mom and pop" bakerys like the one at Third and Moss in Chula Vista with the yellow triangle sign Winchell's used.


Ken Harrison May 29, 2012 @ 4:20 p.m.

Duhbya - think you're thinking of YumYum donuts? They were all over at one time. I don't ever remember Dunkin' in SoCal and I go all the way back to the 1960s Winchell's fire bombing in OB (to keep them from finishing their building)


Duhbya May 30, 2012 @ 5:29 a.m.

Well, I'm probably mistaken, but I recall renaming the one I (thought I) saw in La Mesa "Drunken Donuts". Then there's this: "According to The Boston Herald (7/21/2002), "Dunkin' expanded in California in the 1980s, with about 15 stores around the state at one time. But it never got the critical mass it hoped for and bailed out a few years ago. I remember Dunkin Donuts growing up, and their coffee is quite good and their donuts tended to be uneven in quality. But apparently the second run at the California market they envisioned in 2k2 never materialized (as far as I know)."

Thanks for your response.


Blaneous Noches May 30, 2012 @ 9:55 p.m.

I thought there was one in San Marcos not too long ago (SMBlvd & RSF Rd). Maybe I am wrong...


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