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Brainerd Dunkin' Donuts 'pretty much' a sure thing

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Dunkin' Donuts is a step closer to setting up shop in Brainerd.

The Brainerd City Council unanimously approved zoning variance requests for the potential business, which makes the popular Masschusetts-based coffee and doughnut chain "pretty much a for sure thing" in Brainerd, Dunkin' Donuts Northern Minnesota franchisee Brian Swanson told the Brainerd Dispatch.

Swanson told the newspaper there are a few things to go over, but construction will likely begin in the spring, with the shop opening at 303 West Washington St. (which is also Highway 371 and Highway 210 for those who have cabins Up North) in the summer of 2015.

Dunkin' Donuts opened the first of 50 planned shops in Minnesota in Rochester in June, after the chain left the state in 2005.

Last summer, the doughnut chain detailed its plans to expand into northern Minnesota, announcing in a press release more than a half-dozen Dunkin’ Donuts stores for places like Duluth and Superior, with the possibility of more down the road.

In October, the chain announced the location of its first shop in Duluth.

Hoping to jump on the Dunkin' bandwagon? The chain is still looking for franchisees in the Twin Cities and will host a franchising seminar in Edina, Minnesota, in January.

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