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Dunkin' Donuts rolls out the first of 50 planned shops

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A hole in the Minnesota doughnut scene has been closed with the reopening of a popular national chain.

After a 10-year absence, Dunkin' Donuts is back. ABC6 News in Austin reports the chain's store in downtown Rochester is open and serving customers. The store is located at the Kahler Grand Hotel.

FOX 9 reports that the Massachusetts-based chain "...is about to open about 50 stores in Minnesota." The station said that a majority of the new Dunkin' Donut outlets will be in the Twin Cities, with additional shops in Duluth and Mankato. WCCO reported that the owner of the new Rochester outlet has a plan to open five more Dunkin’ Donuts in that community over the next several years.

The company has not announced when the next Minnesota store will open. Dunkin' Donuts is the nation's largest doughnut-and-coffee chain, with over 7,000 locations nationwide and some 15,000 global franchises.

The Rochester shop is the first Dunkin' Donuts in Minnesota after the last one closed in Austin in 2005. The national chain explored making a major return to Minnesota in 2008, but the deal fell through because of what FOX 9 termed "...a lack of supply-chain or training infrastructure to support the potential 100-store expansion into the state."

Doughnuts are enjoying a resurgence with the addition of a number of high-end independent stores in the Twin Cities providing a gourmet twist on the standard treat.

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