Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar

USA Today reported that Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar in New York City this week in Upper Manhattan.   And, in an interesting article this week in Seeking Alpha, it was speculated that robotic baristas such as Marley Coffee Automated Stores and Briggo coffee kiosks may present a strong challenge to the future…

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Shutdown Impacts Taxman!

The recent government shutdown had far-reaching implications in many areas of our economy, even reaching and impacting the Internal Revenue Service!  But alas, that impact was not what you would have hoped . . . the IRS this past week announced that as a result of the shutdown over the first 3 weeks of October,…

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Eva Walsh

Legislative Activity Slowing For Year-End

As is always the case at this time of year, legislative activity in the individual statehouses across the country slows significantly as the close of different election cycles nears and many legislatures have concluded their 2013 sessions.  At the same time, there are many others that will slow only through the election season and then…

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Dunkin’ Third Quarter Earnings Are Up 36%

In its 3rd Quarter Earnings Call held yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts executives reported that earnings during the third quarter, which ended September 30, were up 36% over the 2nd quarter numbers.  More specifically, revenue from established US locations reportedly rose 4.2% for DD stores domestically, but fell 1.4 percent at the international level.

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Convenience Store Sales Data Shows Rising Foodservice Sales

The 2013 Convenience Store News study notes that C Store foodservice sales grew at plus 6%, far outpacing the rate of growth in the traditionally defined restaurant space in general.  More specifically, average foodservice sales per store were $185,000 in 2012, up 6.9% from 2011, on top of a 6.3% increase over 2010.  It was…

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Consumers Still Holding Off on Spending

Despite political rhetoric in some circles that the economy is recovering from the depths of the last 5 years of recession, American consumers don’t seem to be convinced.  It is reported that according to the latest Financial Security Index from Bankrate, some 72% of Americans are still intentionally holding down spending because of concerns over…

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Dunkin’ Gets Good Grades Going Back To School

With the ongoing Dunkin’ Donuts expansion, one could easily miss its growth on college campuses across the footprint, but DD is indeed going back to school!   A report released this week identified 7 additional campuses on which a new Dunkin’ opened in 2013.

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Atlanta Hits The 100 Mark

And speaking of Dunkin’ expansion across the country, one of its bigger emerging markets, Atlanta, Georgia celebrates the opening of its 100th Dunkin Donuts store!  Congratulations to franchisees Stephen Attard and James Laskaris!

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Dunkin’ Donuts are getting into the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Charitable Efforts Continue

Although we haven’t talked about it over the last few weeks, Dunkin’ franchisees continue their philanthropic efforts in a big way across the country.  Some of the recent efforts include:  Las Vegas Franchisees have begun an  “Adopt-A-Family” effort that will run through the entire Christmas season; NJ Franchisees recently undertook successful efforts to help in…

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Eva Walsh

DC Next To Tee Up Styrofoam Ban

In the wake of California banning polystyrene cups and food containers, we saw a number of cities follow suit: Seattle Washington, Amherst and Brookline in Massachusetts, then Portland Maine considered it but ultimately withdrew the proposal and a host of other cities have been considering a ban.  Now, the nation’s capital has teed up the…

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