Dawn Donuts

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Dawn Donuts
Founded1958; 66 years ago (1958)
United States
Area served
Key people
Eugene Worden and Grover Lutz
ProductsDonuts, coffee

Dawn Donuts is a doughnut chain begun in Jackson, Michigan. Although most of the chain was sold to Dunkin' Donuts in 1991, the bakery for the company's donuts remains operational, as do two locations in the Flint area.


Dawn Donuts was founded in Flint by franchise owner Arthur Hurand in 1958 with a store on Detroit Street in Flint, Michigan.[1]

In 1985, the chain unveiled a new store prototype for use at locations inside convenience stores, primarily Amoco gas stations. At this time, the chain consisted of over 60 stores, and was owned by Arthur's son, Gary.[2]

Dunkin' Donuts announced plans to buy the chain in 1991. Most of the locations were converted to Dunkin' Donuts, but that chain also sold the right to the Dawn Donuts name to Dawn Food Products, a Jackson bakery. They also allowed individual franchises to keep the Dawn Donuts name.[3] At the time of the buyout, Dawn Donuts had 59 stores in the state, and all but eight were slated to convert to Dunkin' Donuts. 23 of the stores were owned by the Hurand family at the time. The conversion doubled Dunkin Donuts' presence in Michigan.[4] Arthur Hurand died in 2012 at age 95.[1]

One of the two remaining locations, on Clio Road in Flint, was rebuilt in 2013 as a new store combined with a Subway.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Dawn Donuts founder, Flint philanthropist Arthur Hurand dies". The Flint Journal. March 22, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Expansion drive south". National Petroleum News. 77: 56. 1985.
  3. ^ Gary Flinn (2010). Remembering Flint, Michigan: Stories from the Vehicle City. ISBN 9781614236467. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Most Dawn Donut shops will start Dunkin'". Detroit Free Press. January 18, 1992. p. 11A. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Dawn Donuts building in Flint torn down to make way for new, combined Dawn Donuts, Subway restaurant". The Flint Journal. July 16, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2019.