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Dunkin' Donuts has never had a store in Medford

A co-worker and I are having a spat over whether there used to be a Dunkin' Donuts here in Medford. I say yes, over by King Wah's. He says no. He's too young to even have known! Can someone there at the Mail Tribune confirm yes or no so I can get my props?

— Linda W., via email

We hate to burst your bubble, Linda, but according to the 50 years or so of telephone directories we just pawed through, Dunkin' Donuts has never dunked its jelly-filled foot in Medford's doughnut waters.

To be fair, two or three years in that long line of Yellow Pages going back to 1956 were missing, but we're fairly certain of our findings.

Not to say there weren't doughnut shops, of course. There was a Krispy Kreme here from 1956 — probably before then — until the late 1980s. And nearly 30 other doughnut shops came and went, including Winchell's, which closed sometime after 1986; Berg's, the Jacksonville Bakery, the Rogue Bakery, Thru the Grapevine, Donut Haven and Uncle Bill's Donut Shop. Even Big Tom's Pizza Parlor sold the sweet treats while it was open.

We notice that the spelling of "donut" has evolved during the past 50 years or so, at least among the phone-book people, who stopped using "doughnut" in 1986 and rolled out "donut." Newspaper style isn't as liberal, so we continue to use "doughnut," except, of course, in corporate names.

The last West Coast Dunkin' Donuts closed in 2008 in Salem, but according to recent news reports, Dunkin' Donuts is planning to come west in the near future. The Massachusetts-based chain's parent company — which includes the ice cream franchise Baskin-Robbins — began trading publicly July 27, after raising $428 million that will help propel it westward.

No word yet on whether the dunksters are planning to ride the Oregon Trail.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.