In 2013, East Coast giant Dunkin’ Donuts announced that they would be expanding their current fleet of nearly 10,000 stores by opening roughly 400 new shops throughout the country over the next few years. When over 100 of those new stores were announced for California, the Los Angeles natives’ excitement was palpable.
Unfortunately, many city-dwellers have had to wait for their Dunkin’ fix, as the first branch launched in Barstow, California, a full two-hour drive from L.A. Some have braved the trip, but most have waited anxiously for a store to open a little bit closer to home. On Tuesday, September 2, Angelenos finally got their wish as the first Los Angeles Dunkin’ Donuts opened at 5 a.m. in Santa Monica. Eager to make a splash, Dunkin’ officials handed out fully loaded DD swag bags to the first 100 people in line, and an incredible year of free coffee to lucky number one. For those who are still too far away, fear not: with many more stores coming soon, Dunkin’ Donuts is seems determined to make sure that all the whole country “Runs on Dunkin’.”