Dunkin' Donuts may open drive-through locations in at least four sites where Starbucks was planning to open coffee shops, Crain's reports.
Seattle-based Starbucks has pared back expansion plans and in July said it would close about 600 outlets, including 18 in the Chicago area.
Dunkin' Donuts' move shows that the coffee wars won't abate even as Starbucks retreats. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Brands Inc. is accelerating the pace of store openings as it takes on Starbucks and Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. to grab a bigger share of the fast-food breakfast and coffee business.
In the Chicago area, Dunkin' Donuts has almost 500 stores and has been opening about 50 annually for the past few years, says Mike LaVigne, the company's head of retail development in the Midwest. "We want to accelerate that pace," he says. "Chicago has been a very good market for us."
Crain's identifies the four locations Dunkin' Donuts is negotiating to open: 3200 W. 111th St. in Chicago; Grand Avenue and Rollins Road in Gurnee; 1700 E. Euclid Ave. in Mount Prospect, and Skokie Boulevard and Gross Pointe Road in Skokie.