The Dunkin’ Donut’s slogan of “America Runs On Dunkin” is apparently true, especially for New York City, now home to 500 Dunkin' locations. To celebrate the opening, the new store at West 42nd Street gave out donuts shaped like the number "500" to customers.
A crowd of people filled the sugar-rushed store, decorated with the signature hot pink and orange balloons, to get their caffeine fix, and maybe add in the 500-shaped donuts to join in the celebrations. Dunkin’ Donuts Brand CEO, Nigel Travis, is familiar with the buzz, as he told the Daily News, “New York kind of captures the feeling of Dunkin’ with the speed, the buzz and the positive vibe that comes out.”
And what would a New York celebration be without the sugary help of NFL stars from the Jets and the Giants? Travis was joined by Carl Banks of the New York Giants and Greg Buttle from the New York Jets, who gave out team-designated donuts, and Dunkin’ memorabilia.
“We feel good about this… We love New York City. We’ve been here since 1958. We’re the biggest retailer in terms of locations in New York, so New York is really important to us,” said Travis. At the end of 2012, there were 10,500 Dunkin’ Donuts stores worldwide, including 7,000 in the Unites States alone.
Customers mentioned that the convenience and affordability of the coffee company as well as the great location because the Times Square area doesn’t have a Dunkin’ Donuts. The 500th location is at 323 W. 42nd street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.