For millions of people, it’s part of their daily routine. There is just something about Dunkin’ Donuts.
We watched as the restaurant opened its doors at several locations just west of the desert in September. Now, the Coachella Valley will be home to its first Dunkin’ Donuts as early as next year.
“They have really good doughnuts. I love their coffee. It’s going to be great to have Dunkin’ Donuts here,” said Rebecca Barajas, of Cathedral City.
Erick Delgado, a spokesperson for franchise owner Chandi Group USA, said Wednesday they’re looking at locations in La Quinta, Cathedral City or Indio. And will open seven more shops across the desert within the next few years.
Not only are folks expected to line up for the famous doughnut and coffeehouse, but also for the jobs.
“We’re really excited about Dunkin’ Donuts, the reality of them coming to the Coachella Valley,” said Tom Freeman, Riverside County Economic Development Commissioner.
Freeman said the restaurants are expected to create 1,100 construction jobs and the Chandi Group will likely hire more than 120 employees to bake and manage its stores.
“It’s great on many fronts, we get new employees, we get new construction jobs, we get new permanent jobs, we get tax revenue from the sales tax they generate,” said Freeman.
Dunkin’ Donuts won’t stop here. The Valley restaurants are part of a larger plan to open about 250 new restaurants in California over the next several years and more than 1,000 over the long-term. Two years ago Riverside County wasn’t even on the radar.
“Hats off to the Chandi Group for putting together such an aggressive presentation that they were selected over a lot of competitors,” said Freeman.