Richmond doesn’t run on Dunkin’

Does anyone know why there aren’t more Dunkin’ Donuts in Richmond?

I can only think of this one on Staples Mill, although a quick Google search turns up 10. The suburbs are packed with every other chain, so why so few DDs?

And while we are on the topic, they’ve gone a little crazy with the menu. I popped in today and they now have sandwiches including a chicken Parmesan. That seems a bit of an odd menu item for a donut shop, no?

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Jon
Jon
10 years ago

This made me furious when I was first in Richmond.

Also why isn’t there a decent bagel shop in Richmond?

Igor
Igor
10 years ago

They were hurt by the original carb craze and then by increased competition from Starbucks and Krispy Kreme so they have been declining for years now. Through the franchise structure they let the independent owners take most of the losses and thus more recently the demise of the company has been from alienating current and former franchise owners. They have sued franchise owners over 150 times over last three years. Recently, the company seems to be trying to reinvent itself with many changes but I doubt they will be successful long-term competing with Starbucks.

Newtonian Physics
Newtonian Physics
10 years ago

Go to Boston. There’s one on every corner.

scottstev
scottstev
10 years ago

There’s 2 more in Southside. From what I remember, the previous franchise owner closed in the early 90’s and the current franchise has just started with three locations.

Bryan
Bryan
10 years ago

@Jon

The best bagel shop in the metro is in the Innsbrook / Short pump area. Cupertino’s on Cox road can’t be beat.

John Cole Scott
John Cole Scott
10 years ago

Yes, there is only the Staples Mill store north of the James and inside 295. I am very surprised there isn’t one in Insbrook / Short Pump…