Rochester at front of line for Minnesota's 1st Dunkin' Donuts


The announcement earlier this month that Dunkin' Donuts is finally coming to Minnesota spiked a buzz of excitement in the metro akin to the sugar rush customers get from a Cocoa Kreme Puff.

But it looks like Rochester might get the first Dunkin' Donuts outlet, not the Twin Cities, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

The newspaper says that after months of rumors, a franchisee plans to bring an outlet of the well-known chain to the historic downtown Kahler Grand Hotel complex, perhaps by late June.

"We want to make sure the tenants we have are viable for Mayo's DMC plans," the hotel's Cherylanne Thomas told the newspaper, referring to the Destination Medical Center project, a massive initiative that in part is designed to bring ambitious infrastructure improvements to Mayo and Rochester.

Officials with the nation’s largest doughnut-and-coffee chain a few weeks ago had said they were planning about 50 outlets in Minnesota, in the 12- to 18-month time frame. A company executive told the Star Tribune that a majority of the outlets would be in the Twin Cities metro, with others sprinkled in Duluth, Rochester and Mankato.

Dunkin' has about 7,000 locations nationwide. The last Dunkin' Donuts in Minnesota, a shop in Austin, closed in 2005.

Anyone still skeptical that Massachusetts-based Dunkin' might not bring its glazed chocolate cakes and crullers into Minnesota? Fans say they will believe it when they bite into it – Dunkin' has been hinting it would settle in the state since at least 2008, the Business Journal notes.

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