Dunkin’ Donuts Then And Now
We have a pretty large collection of restaurant-ware coffee cups at the Retroplanet.com offices. When looking it over one day I could not help but think about how much Dunkin’ Donuts has changed from the old days. Dunkin’s opened its first store in Quincy, MA in 1950. Probably 35 years ago or so, my friends and I would go to the Dunkin’s on Rt. 28 in Methuen, MA late at night after playing hockey.
Back then Dunkin’s was an actual coffee shop with a full menu, waitresses and real coffee cups like this one. The donuts were made right there in the back room and they were always coming out fresh. They also had a much larger variety. The service was good and the donuts were excellent.
These days there seems to be Dunkin’s everywhere, at least in New England. There are literally seven Dunkin’s within a mile and a half radius of the Retro Planet/Planet Retro offices. At the end of 2007, there were 7,988 Dunkin’ Donuts stores worldwide with sales of $5.3 billion. That’s a lot of coffee and donuts. They certainly have come a long way from a single store more than 60 years ago. Some might argue that more and bigger is not necessarily better but still, Dunkin’ Donuts is a true testament to what can be accomplished in this great country of ours.
Chime in with your Dunkin’ memories and let us know which were your favorite donuts that are now extinct. (Mine was the pistachio.)