America may run on Dunkin’, but Speedway gas stations in the U.S. will not anymore. According to a TODAY report, the coffee and doughnut brand will permanently close 450 locations inside Speedway gas stations this year as a result of Dunkin’s partnership with Hess ending. Hess was acquired by Speedway in 2014. Time to go on those Dunkin’ runs while you still can! According to TODAY, Dunkin’ and Speedway’s terminated partnership was first announced in February. Most of these Dunkin’ Speedway locations are still open, but they will be closed by the end of 2020—but no dates have been released yet. The strategic move helps the coffee and doughnut chain focus on their own standalone locations. The gas station locations had a limited menu as well. "By exiting these sites, we are confident we will be better positioned to serve these trade areas with Dunkin’s newest Next Generation restaurant design that offers a broader menu and modern experience," Kate Jaspon, Dunkin's chief financial officer, told TODAY.
"We also remain committed to growing our presence in gas and convenience locations, as well as other non-traditional locations, including airports, universities, travel plazas and military installations," she added. Dunkin’s expansion of standalone locations aligns with its recent investment in their employees. In early June, they committed to hiring up to 25,000 new employees for their franchises. Their “Dunkin’ Runs on You” campaign aimed to push hiring during the COVID-19 outbreak. They also announced their partnership with Southern New Hampshire University simultaneously. This move offers affordable associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to franchise employees looking to expand their business know-how.View this post on Instagram