Dunkin' may close 800 shops

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PITTSFIELD — Dunkin's parent company announced this week that it might close 800 U.S. locations this year, but the impact on the chain's 13 Berkshire County restaurants and three in nearby Vermont isn't yet known.

The Canton company is planning to reassess its real estate portfolio and will be working with franchisees to permanently close "off-strategy, low-volume locations," Dunkin' Brands Chief Communications Officer Karen Raskopf told The Eagle via email. The company announced this year that it planned to close 450 stores located within Speedway convenience stores.

"We are still working with our franchisees to assess these other possibly 350 locations, and so we don't have any addresses to share," Raskopf said.

The majority of the chain's 450 stores located within Speedway kiosks are located in New York state, Pennsylvania and Virginia, she said. The 350 additional restaurants being considered for closure are primarily in nontraditional locations.

The 800 stores represent 8 percent of Dunkin' Brands' U.S. locations, and only 2 percent of the chain's overall sales.

Six of Berkshire County's 13 Dunkin' restaurants are located in Pittsfield and two more are in North Adams. The chain's other Berkshire outlets are in Adams, Great Barrington, Lee and Williamstown. The majority of Dunkin's Berkshire County outlets are owned by Cafua Management of Methuen, which operates the largest franchise network within the Dunkin' system.

Three Dunkin' restaurants are located in southwestern Vermont, on Northside Drive and North Street in Bennington, and on Main Street in Manchester.

Dunkin' Brands announced the possible store closures in conjunction with the company's second-quarter earnings, which dropped by 20 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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