Dunkin’ without the ‘Donuts’? Maybe in the name

The chain wants people to think of its stores as a destination for coffee

FILE - This Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo shows a Dunkin' Donuts in Edmond, Okla. Dunkin' is thinking about dumping "Donuts" from its name. A new location in Pasadena, Calif., will be called simply Dunkin', a move that parent company Dunkin' Brands Inc. calls a test. The Canton, Mass.-based company says a few other stores will get the one-name treatment too. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin’ is thinking about dumping “Donuts” from its name.

A new location of the chain in Pasadena, California, will be simply called Dunkin’, a move that parent company Dunkin’ Brands Inc. calls a test. The Canton, Massachusetts-based company said Thursday that a few other stores will get the one-name treatment too.

The chain wants people to think of its stores as a destination for coffee, although it will still sell doughnuts. Dunkin’ Donuts said it won’t make a decision on whether it will change its name until late next year, when it expects to start redesigning stores.

News of the test was first reported by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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