Sprinkles in the forecast: Duluth to start Dunkin' next week

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Breakfast is looking a lot sweeter in Duluth.

The city's first Dunkin' Donuts will open next week, Wednesday, June 24th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for July 7th, the Duluth News Tribune and FOX 21 report.

More are on the way, too – Donco LLC, the Hinckley-based franchisee that owns the new location, plans to open six more Dunkin' Donuts stores in the region, including one in Superior this fall, the Duluth News Tribune notes.

A quick scan of social media shows plenty are looking forward to Duluth's new coffee-and-doughnuts spot:

The new location wasn't without some controversy, however.

According to the Northland's News Center, protesters gathered outside the under-construction store in April, demonstrating against the franchisee's decision to hire a non-union, out-of-town contractor to build the restaurant.

Nonetheless, this marks another step in the Massachusetts chain's return to Minnesota, a market it exited a decade ago. The very first step took place in Rochester, where the first new Dunkin' store in the state opened last summer.

Locations will soon be sprinkled throughout the Twin Cities, too – the first of 10 stores in the metro is planned to open by the end of the year.

The popular brand is shooting for an eventual 50 locations in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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