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Business Beat: Dunkin’ Donuts on the way to Modesto

pguerra@modbee.comMarch 8, 2014 

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 billion.

JAMES SCHERER — Dunkin’ Donuts

America, as the advertising slogan goes, runs on Dunkin’. But not in this part of America, where Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t operate.

Apparently, that’s going to change one day soon. The national doughnut chain, which has been around since the 1950s, announced last week “the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group Sizzling Donuts, LLC, for 46 new restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento metro area and surrounding cities of Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Placerville and Davis.”

What that means, according to the representative I asked, is that the chain plans to open franchises in those locations, but exactly where and who will operate them hasn’t been determined. It doesn’t sound like we’ll be dunkin’ any Dunkin’ Donuts until at least next year. Fortunately, there are plenty of places around the Northern San Joaquin Valley to get some wonderful doughnuts already. And coffee – in recent years, the chain has been promoting its coffee nearly as much as its tasty pastries.

Eventually, the news release said, plans call for as many as 1,000 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the state. These might come in the form of free-standing restaurants, travel plaza shops, stands on college campuses, and spots in gas and convenience stores.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat

• Kidlands is closing.

After 22 years in business in Modesto, the furniture store that specializes in items for children is closing up shop. I left a message for the owner to track down more details but didn’t hear back.

The store, at 532 McHenry Ave., is having a liquidation sale through the end of the month, or until everything is gone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Both Staples and Radio Shack announced closures last week, citing declining in-store sales amid rising online transactions. It’s not yet clear if any locations in the Northern San Joaquin Valley will be affected, but given the numbers – more than 1,000 for Radio Shack and more than 200 for Staples – it seems likely. When I learn specifics, I will pass them on.

• In brighter news, there are two new places offering mail services in Stanislaus County. Village Post Office last week opened locations at Doll’s Sign Depot in Modesto and One Stop Market in Patterson.

Services provided include the sale of stamps and prepaid flat-rate Priority Mail envelopes and packaging, as well as mailing letters, postcards (remember those?) and packages.

The Modesto location is at 3420 Oakdale Road, while One Stop Market in Patterson is at 10143 Grayson Road.

• And finally, for those looking for employment, there is a job fair this week. The Job Journal, along with several other organizations, is sponsoring a job fair Tuesday in Modesto. The Modesto HIREvent, as it’s called, promises face-to-face meetings with potential employers. Résumé review services also will be available.

Organizers suggest attendees wear business attire and bring several copies of their résumés.

The job fair is set from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road.

For more information, go to www.hirevents.com or call (888) 843-5627.

Have an item for Business Beat? Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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