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Dunkin’ Donuts announces shutdown of 100 stores citing fear of ‘outrageous’ minimum wage hikes

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The liberal push for minimum wage hikes has claimed another victim and is costing countless jobs.

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Thursday that its franchisee, Speedway LLC, will be closing 100 locations that it currently runs over the next 15 months.

Among the reasons cited by Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis was a growing fear about the wave of minimum wage increases nationwide.

Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis.
Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis.

“There is anxiety over minimum wages, so franchisees have increased prices a lot, probably in some cases beyond our recommendation — so that perhaps erodes some of our value perception,” Travis told The Street.

The wage increases, along with an egg shortage due to the avian flu outbreak, has led to an increase in menu prices that may have led to reduced sales.

The store closing announcement comes only months after a July interview Travis had with CNN where he called a wage hike to $15 an hour “outrageous,” and predicted the minimum wage raises would “affect small businesses and franchises.”


Carmine Sabia


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