Dunkin' Donuts loses out to Canadian invaders Tim Hortons in war of donuts at Penn Station

That, strangely enough, is why the Riese Organization gave Dunkin' Donuts the heave ho from Penn Station and a dozen other locations in Manhattan. "We have had problems making a profit with Dunkin' Donuts in midtown," said Chairman Dennis Riese. "Dunkin gives you donuts in the morning, and it's not too strong the rest of the day."

New York Daily News
July 9, 2009

Dunkin' Donuts loses out to Canadian invaders Tim Hortons in war of donuts at Penn Station
Kenny Porpora and Corky Siemaszko

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Canadian donut franchise Tim Hortons is coming to Penn Station - and Dunkin' Donuts has been dunked in the process. Kowalzik/Getty

An international donut war is breaking out in Penn Station, and the first casualty is American - Dunkin' Donuts.

The munchkin maker has been ousted by Tim Hortons, a caloric colossus from Canada famous for its maple-glazed donuts and "double double" coffee (two sugars, two creams), which is opening shop in Penn on Monday morning.

Word of the Canadian invasion fell like a belly bomb among Dunkin' devotees Thursday and left some crying in their crullers.

"I wish they'd replace them with an American company," said Pat Smith, who was sipping his Dunkin' coffee and waiting for the train home to Ronkonkoma when he got the word.

"I love Dunkin' Donuts," said Larry Hines, 35, an Amtrak worker clutching a brown bag containing his coconut donut. "I've been coming here since the '70s and to this particular one for the eight years I've worked here."

One of New York's Finest, who asked to be identified just as "Keith," said, "I'm a cop. Take away Dunkin' Donuts and what's my stereotype going to be?"

Well Keith, you can always radio your supervisors and tell them you're heading to the "Tango Hotel." That's Canadian cop speak for Tim Hortons, according to NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, who grew up in Calgary.

"It's a glorious day for Canadians in the city," Kiernan cheered. "My favorite is the apple fritter. I import a bagful every time I come back from Canada."

Kimberly McLeod, a Brooklyn expat now living in Ottawa, said New Yorkers will gobble up the Timbits.

"They're like munchkins," she said. "They have different maple flavors. Maple, that's the thing up here."

McLeod also predicted Tim Hortons will be a hit "because they offer a lot of different and healthy sandwiches."

That, strangely enough, is why the Riese Organization gave Dunkin' Donuts the heave ho from Penn Station and a dozen other locations in Manhattan.

"We have had problems making a profit with Dunkin' Donuts in midtown," said Chairman Dennis Riese. "Dunkin gives you donuts in the morning, and it's not too strong the rest of the day."

Riese also turned his nose up at Dixie-based Krispy Kreme, which has, since 1996, slaked the sweet tooth of many a Yankee commuter.

"Without me knocking our Southern brethren, I always thought their donuts were terrible," said Riese.

For Beth Flowers of Birmingham, Ala., that kind of talk borders on blasphemy.

"They can bring in any company they want," said Flowers, 32. "It'll never be better than Krispy Kreme. Their original glaze recipe is light and just superior to anybody else's."

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With Michael Roberts

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