Duluth must wait to start Dunkin': Opening of donut store delayed

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Duluthians hoping for a fix from the nation's top coffee 'n donuts chain will have to white-knuckle it at least until summer.

The launch of the city's first Dunkin' Donuts has been delayed. The franchisee had expected to open for business on the site of the former Warehouse Liquor this spring, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The donuts seem to be caught up in red tape, however. The News Tribune says the Duluth Planning Commission's review of the project proposal – which calls for the demolition of the current building to make way for the new store – is pending.

The paper predicts the location could launch this summer or fall.

Minnesota donut conquest

The delay comes amid a campaign by the Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Donuts to sprinkle its stores across Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reported last year that the chain was putting out feelers for potential franchisees, with plans to establish about 50 stores throughout the state. According to the newspaper, the company is hoping to re-establish a presence in Minnesota after a ten-year absence here.

Aside from the setback in Duluth, things seem to be getting underway – Rochester has a store up and running, and the Brainerd City Council recently approved a zoning change that clears the way for location there.

While the paper points out the chain hasn't made any headway in the Twin Cities, Minnesota donut fans seem to be satisfied with the progress so far – Facebook group "Bring Dunkin' Donuts to Minnesota" has been quiet for over a month.

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