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POLL: Would You Welcome an Extra Dunkin' Donuts in Arlington?

Arlington loves talking about coffee. With Starbucks prices hiking and Dunkin' Donuts expanding, would you welcome another DD store in town?

Arlington loves coffee.

That much became clear when we asked you  and received 283 responses in just a few hours.

About 43 percent of responders said, "I've had enough of these incremental price hikes everywhere I look; I'm drawing the line and switching to a cheaper brew."

But could that new brew be one of Arlington's three Dunkin' Donuts locations? Now we're not so sure. 

When Arlington Patch first reported that  will be , we received a few negative responses via Facebook.

The question was: "Would you welcome more Dunkin' Donuts locations in Arlington?"

"NO!!! We have enough!!" wrote Jennifer Smith.

Timothea Sugrue Frost also said no. "But a good donut shop would be nice, along the line of Verna's," she added.

"Well, it's nice that I have 3 of them within walking distance of my house, but wouldn't it be nicer to have one across the street?" Shannon Dillon wrote. "I could just shout my order from my bedroom window."

"Still not sure why a McDonald's isn't acceptable to the citizenry, but Dunkin' Donuts is," Susan Ruderman added. "In any case, 3 DDs and 2 *bux in a town of 5 square miles seems like enough."

According to Los Angeles-based industry research firm IBISWorld, Dunkin' Donuts has roughly 23% of the coffee and snack-shop market. Starbucks is a 32.6-percent of the market share.

In Arlington, Dunkin' Donuts has three locations: ,  and .

What are your thoughts? Would you welcome more Dunkin' Donuts locations in Arlington? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Mary T January 06, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Why not! How many pizza joints and Asian restaurants are there? You can never get enough Dunks coffee. I wish it would bump Starbucks out of the Heights.
Roslyn Smith January 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM
There are atually four stores - you forgot 369 Mass Ave
SLL January 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
No. Dunkin donuts coffee is horrible. It's weak and watery. Starbucks isn't wonderful, but at least I know e I'm drinking coffee. Plus, if you just buy a regular coffee and not all those high calorie fat-laden specialty coffees, the price is the same. That being said, I'd pay more for a Starbucks coffee than be forced to drink a Dunkins.
Christine Carney January 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I like Dunkin's, but 4 is enough for a town this size.
Ed White January 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
We have 4 DDs now. Do we need 5 Dunkin's shops all selling, in my opinion, week coffee and junk food? With 2 Starbucks both frequently with long lines, I don't think another of those should open either. We have enough chain restaurants sucking money out of the community...
Ed White January 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Well stated.
inthegloaming January 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Agreed. But when I want a fast breakfast sandwich, Dunkies taste better than Starbux. So I have them put a "turbo shot" (strong espresso) in their usual weak/watery, and the taste improves to almost Starbux level. And so does the price. :-)
inthegloaming January 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
They couldn't "suck money out of the community" if the community votes with their dollars/feet and doesn't frequent them. It's not like we don't have a choice.
inthegloaming January 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Another Dunkies? I don't care either way. If people are frequenting them -- that is, voting with their feet/dollars by buying their stuff -- then I'd say the market will decide if another one is "needed." Or even welcome. I happen to prefer Starbux myself: you can choose the strength and the flavor of your coffee, without having to put sugar syrup in to change the taste.
Kevin January 18, 2012 at 01:14 AM
NO!! Angelinas Pastry is much better and they are locally owned and operated!

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