Jul 21, 2011
A few weeks ago I decided to go to Dunkin Donuts in the morning on my way to work. This is a ritual that has been a part of my life for years and on this morning I needed a pick-me-up knowing work was going to be busy. To my dismay pulling into the driveway the entire business was practically gone. No signs explaining what happened. No signs of relocation or possible renovation.
To say I was shocked was an understatement. This Dunkin Donuts was placed here for a reason and it was for my own personal enjoyment. As a coffee drinker Dunkin for a long time has been my favorite chain to get coffee.
After the feelings of shock and denial waned then a stronger feeling of dread came over me. There were two other Dunkin Donuts locations in Grand Rapids and could it be possible they were closed as well? At this point I decided I must find out what happened to those other locations or if it’s possible my Dunkin Donuts might be coming back.
On my way to another destination I stopped at the West 28th Street Dunkin Donuts location to see if they were still open. What I saw my feeble mind still hasn’t fully comprehended.
Dunkin Donuts is now called “Honeydip Donuts”.
All the Dunkin branding is gone but at least they were still selling donuts so I went in there to do some data mining. There was a nice young lady working and I asked her what happened to my Dunkin the Eastern most Dunkin on 28th Street. It appears the same guy owned all three locations but he didn’t own the properly on the East location so they closed it. The Dunkin location on 28th between Kalamazoo and Eastern is also still open but now also a Honeydip.
It seems they were running into franchising issues with Dunkin Donuts and decided to proceed without them.
Dunkin Donuts is now called “Honeydip Donuts” and Baskin Robbins is now named “Kaleidoscoops”. The donuts appear to be the same donuts Dunkin Donuts used to sell but the coffee is a different brand. Donuts and coffee are offered at the same prices for single and combos but buying take home bagged coffee is much cheaper. The coffee in my opinion is also not even close to as good as the Dunkin coffee and not worth the same asking price. The ice cream seems to be also a different brand then Baskin sells.
After doing some browsing it looks like there are Franchising Opportunities “Brewing” now in Grand Rapids to open new Dunkin Donuts so hopefully somebody will open a new one on my way to work. Honeydip is still a quality stop. I’ve been going to those locations for years and they always have nice people working there but beware the coffee is not worth a special trip.