Dunkin’ Donuts reopening in St. Joseph
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:45 pm
Updated: 9:34 pm, Thu May 24, 2012.
By Jennifer Hall | St. Joseph News-Press
Dunkin’ Donuts is poised to return to St. Joseph with a new franchise owner and a new location.
3D2HR, LLC has tentative plans to construct a new building at 1206 N. Belt Highway, between Walgreens and Burger King.
The local company took ownership of the three-unit franchise in January, according to a Dunkin’ Donuts corporate spokesperson. The franchise is good for 20 years.
Plans for the Dunkin Subdivision were approved at an April 26 Planning Commission meeting. According to the city documents, Doug Hutton attended the meeting and said he was the developer of the property and will be one of the new owners of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in St. Joseph. Mr. Hutton also co-owns and operates Cold Stone Creamery and Arby’s.
The Missouri secretary of state’s office also lists David Holland as a partner of 3D2HR. Mr. Holland is also an owner of Fun Tan Salons in St. Joseph.
The new doughnut shop is going to be about 2,500 square feet. The meeting notes weren’t clear on whether a drive-thru lane would be included in the construction. Adding a drive-thru to the former location at 3705 Frederick Ave., was one of the deciding factors to close that business. The franchise owner, Keith Jones, wanted to add the component but the landowner would not allow it. Mr. Jones owned the previous franchise for more than four decades.
Traffic indicators from the Frederick Avenue location give anticipation for about 650 vehicles per day. The city’s engineer, Roger Sparks, believes that customers would not be able to access the new Dunkin’ Donuts shop from either Walgreens or Burger King lots. The new doughnut shop will have to have its own access from the Belt Highway.
“They are in the process of purchasing that lot,” said Dustin Smith with planning and community development.
Mr. Smith said approval from the planning commission allows the project to move forward without going through the City Council.