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What Happened to the Grand Rapids Dunkin Donuts?

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.

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16 Responses

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Clearly this is your calling. You should look into the details, and open up your own Dunkin’ locale.

  2. vanlandw says:

    Do you want to invest? Minus the gigantic risk of 100% ruin owning a business would be really cool actually.

  3. Jeffrey says:

    I could invest $5, donate some buttons, and a few lengths of string.

  4. Jeffrey says:

    My sister in law manages a salon that is owned by a bus driver.

  5. vanlandw says:

    JJA, your experience, valor, and buttons would make my venture a success.

  6. fiel...el infamoso says:

    Come on!?!? The only reason people went to these dumps (both 28th St stores) is because of the Dunkin Donuts brand. Honeydip donuts suck and their coffee is even worse! Meijers has better donuts for half the price! Mark these words – Honeydip dounts will be out of business with in 3 months. The reason they are no longer Dunkin Dounts is probably due to a steep raise in francise fees. The price of dunkin donuts coffee has skyrocketed at every grocery store and even Sam’s and CostCo. Hopefully someone will open a new dunkin dounts, until then Bigby coffee will have to suffice.

    p.s. Dukin Donuts was here for my personal enjoyment, not yours…but I will share if another one opens up! :)

  7. vanlandw says:

    infamoso – Honeydip’s coffee does absolutely suck and not worth what they are asking for. The donuts seem the same as what they had when they were a dunkin I’m honestly not sure how that all works at all I would love to know.

    I also absolutely agree about Meijer’s having good donuts. Their muffins are good good.

    Dunkin was always my go-to because of the donuts/coffee and Beaners and Starbucks’ pastries don’t feel worth the price.

    Hopefully we will have a DD to share in the future.

  8. Karl says:

    Maybe DD leaving will make more room for Tim Horton’s to move in. Much better IMHO and I know a few people who would agree! I have to admit that I will miss DD/BR though.

  9. vanlandw says:

    Karl – Tim Horton’s would be cool I do agree. Personally I like DD’s coffee more but TH’s food is good as well as their donuts.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43910412/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

    DD just had a IPO offering and apparently it’s doing well. Most the talk is expanding West and I see that happening. In the post there are some rumblings of DD franchising in West Michigan so I don’t think it’s the last of DD in GR.

  10. Jeffrey says:

    We recently got a Tim Horton’s in Grand Haven. I have to say they are not very impressive. Their coffee is particularly bad.

  11. Karl says:

    Jeffery,

    You need to try a real Tim Horton’s, not one inside a Cold Stone. I think there is, or will be, one in Norton Shores. And I think they’re building one on Alpine.

  12. PATRIOTIST says:

    Hortons on plainfield in front of Meijers opening soon, half built!

  13. ddfeedd says:

    Funny. I came across this. The kid i went to school with his parrents own the chain locations. His mom is real cheap too. They had cupons for buy one scoop and get second free. I asked for two and gave her the cupon. She got pissed i didnt tell her before hand so she could give me smaller scoops. Shady ass people.

  14. Andy says:

    I am STILL pissed about the Dunkin stores closing. Battle Creek??? Seriously?!?!?

  15. sjeri williams says:

    Grrrrrrrr

    I have grown up on Dunkin donuts. also, Chock full o’nuts, which made
    the most fabulous donuts in the entire world, and I cannot find a recipe.
    I have heard they reopened in NYC and I think they ship.

    But DD closing? What a darn shame. I loved their coffee. Fresh, and unlike
    any other coffee. I really thought Krispy Krud would go out of business, they are like so yesterdays news and their donuts only last for one hour and then they go hard ugh.

    I will miss DD jelly donuts. wahhhhhhh

    Hortons is so so, both in Canada and here. I think it what you are used to and grow up with.

    I will ask my DH about Battle Creek DD. He passes it on way home.

    Everything I love is closing. Greed is the bane of the world.

  16. Sarah says:

    Hey there is a Dunkin Donuts on Plainfield gr mi 49525

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