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America Will Run Slightly Slower as Dunkin’ Expects to Close 800 Stores

Plus, Domino’s in New Zealand got in trouble for offering a “Karen” special, and more news to start your day

A person holding a donut with a bite taken out of it in one hand, and a styrofoam cup of dunkin donuts coffee in the other AP
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

The closures amount to 8% of U.S. locations

A slightly longer walk to get your large iced coffee in the dead of winter might be in the future, as the Dunkin’ announced it expects to close 800 locations by the end of the year. More than half of those closures are “450 limited-menu Speedway locations” that were rolled out earlier this year. Dunkin’ also says the proposed closures represent only two percent of its 2019 sales.

The company also plans on closing about 350 international locations. Many fast-food restaurants have seen dips in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, sales have recently bounced back due in part to the drive-thru. Whatever happens, let’s hope Ben Affleck still has access to his order.

And in other news...

  • Domino’s New Zealand was offering free pizzas for “mask wearing, law abiding Karens... that aren’t, well, ‘Karens.’” Are you shocked they had to apologize for it? [CNN]
  • Impossible Foods will now be selling its burger at Walmart. [CNBC]
  • Shake Shack will add drive-thrus next year, as it attempts to diversify its locations. [NRN]
  • Over 10,000 Tyson employees test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. [Forbes]
  • Instacart hired 300,000 independent contractors in April, as grocery delivery business was booming. However, they’re now letting part-time employees go. [CNN]
  • Coca-Cola, which bought seltzer darling Topo Chico, is now launching a Topo Chico hard seltzer in Latin America. [CNN]
  • Kraft Heinz is thrilled everyone is staying at home and eating nothing but mac & cheese. [CNN]
  • If you wanted a Grimaldi’s pizza but can’t get to New York, good news! Now you can just buy potato chips that taste like it. [EBT]
  • A look into the minds of Celestial Seasonings stans: