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  • Jeff Fox: Dunkin' Donuts confirms Blue Springs location

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  • It’s taken a while, but Blue Springs is finally getting a Dunkin’ Donuts.
    It’s on North Missouri 7 in front of Pointe of Hope Church. It’s under construction, and the company says it will open this summer or fall.
    After an absence of decades, the company in recent years has been building a new presence in the Kansas City area. It’s up to eight metro locations, including one in Raytown, as of two summers ago, and one on Missouri 291 in Independence.
    The company, based in Canton, Mass., has more than 11,000 locations in 33 other counties.
    Hotspot growth
    Comcast, which has cable service in Eastern Jackson County, says it has passed a milestone. It has surpassed 1 million hotspots for its Xfinity Wifi network.
    The company says it had hundreds of those across the Kansas City area. To find some of them, go to www.xfinity.com/WiFi , punch in a ZIP code and go from there.
    The company essentially says it’s trying to stay ahead of where its customers will be. It points to a report by Cisco Systems that says Wifi and mobile-connected devices will account for 68 percent of Internet traffic within three years – and that in 2018 Americans will download and upload more stuff on their smartphones or tablets than they did on their laptops in 2013.
    Around town
    • Five Guys has opened in Blue Springs at 1202 N.E. Coronado Drive, just east of Adams Dairy Parkway. It is the company’s 10th metro location for its burgers and fries. The company, based in Lorton, Va., has 1,133 U.S. locations and another 63 in Canada and the United Kingdom.
    • The 2014 Midwest Consumer Electronics Expo, billed on its website as a Kansas City event, is actually being held in Independence.
    It’s this Thursday and Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn. It’s for those in the industry – think home stereos, car stereos and more – rather than consumers, and its described as offering workshops and training for retailers.
    Promoters say 500 retailers and installers from across the Midwest will be in town for the event. They also say national shows are becoming too expensive for some and suggest regional shows are the next trend.
    Jeff Fox is The Examiner’s business reporter and editor. Reach him at 816-350-6313. Follow on Twitter @FoxEJC or @Jeff_Fox .
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