Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Expands

One year after it initially went into effect for chain stores with floor areas over 10,000 square feet, the Chicago ban on single-use plastic bags expanded this week (August 1) to cover smaller chain stores with less than that amount of floor area.  Violations are punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $500 per violation. …

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St. Paul Sick Leave May Mirror Minneapolis

They don’t call them the Twin Cities for nothing!  The City Council of St. Paul has amended the city’s pending sick leave mandate to more closely align with that of its twin city, Minneapolis.  The changes were made earlier this week after a task force that includes some business owners and is considering the issue…

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

So, just yesterday it was reported that earlier this week the New Jersey Senate approved legislation authorizing the payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers.  Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, who plans a vote on the issue soon, opined that strikers should not have to go weeks without getting compensation!  Wait, what??  Then, it follows that…

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Miscellaneous

QSR last week released its QSR Top 50 listing and Dunkin’ came in as the 7th best limited-service restaurant brand in the nation.  QSR gave Dunkin’ much credit for its aggressive growth plans as well as for its ‘impressive strides” with outreach.  McDonald’s held the top spot followed by Starbucks and Subway in 2nd and…

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Competitor News

Notwithstanding significant past struggles with going international, an agreement with investors to develop Tim Hortons stores in the Philippines was announced last week.  Now owned by Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International, the company is looking to replicate the successful Burger King international growth model for the Canadian coffee and donut chain.  Tim’s also reported their…

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Condolences

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing last week of Rita Deslauriers.  Rita was a Dunkin’ company store manager as far back as 1959 and became a franchisee in 1968.  Her son, Roger owns DD stores in MA and FL along with her son-in-law, Rick Demers.

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