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Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Dunkin’ Donuts to open 86 new Washington area stores


Dunkin’ Donuts announced it will open 86 new locations in the Washington area by 2020. (Ramin Talaie - GETTY IMAGES)
Dunkin’ Donuts may be giving Starbucks a run for its money in Washington.

A week after the Seattle-based chain announced its new “Blonde” brew, Dunkin’ Donuts said it will open dozens of new storefronts throughout the region over the next eight years.

The company announced announced Wednesday that 86 new locations are slated for development in the District, Maryland and Virginia by 2020.

There are currently 125 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Washington area, which was recently ranked America’s sixth most caffeinated city.

Long famous for its doughnuts and other baked goods, Dunkin’ Donuts has developed a “cult-like following” of its coffee.

Still, the Massachussetts-based company is expanding in what appears to be a market with a taste for independent java joints like Peregrine and Qualia.

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