Dunkin' Donuts is opening multiple additional Atlanta area locations.
Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Brands is opening more Atlanta area locations of its flagship Dunkin' Donuts shop. After opening a new restaurant at Piedmont and Rock Springs Roads a few weeks ago, the chain will now add additional locations in Little 5 Points, Smyrna and Suwanee.
I've known about the (planned) Little 5 Points location since March but a reader's recent inquiry into it leads me to believe the deal is finally done. The parcel in question is on Moreland Avenue, currently home to an abandoned coin laundry and adjacent to a Sherwin-Williams. Many industry sources tell me the property owner is a real pain to deal with and that is likely the reason for the massive delays and also why the parcels have sat vacant for so long.
Another new location will open inline in an existing shopping center on McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee, and yet another in Smyrna on South Cobb Drive on land most recently home to an abandoned carwash.
Dunkin' Donuts has closed a number of locations in Atlanta over the years including locations on Chamblee-Tucker near Embry Hills, Buford Highway near North Druid Hills, and most recently on Ponce de Leon across from Ponce City Market. More recently the chain has renovated existing locations such as on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven and on North Druid Hills Road near Toco Hills.
In 1997 Dunkin' Brands purchased Togo's, a sandwich chain, and began to build multi-concept locations with Dunkin' Donuts, Togo's and Baskin-Robbins, all of which it owned. The former Ponce location was one such site when built. In 2007 however, Dunkin' sold Togo's to a private equity firm and has since removed Togo's from its concept restaurants. In some cases, Dunkin' Deli, offering the same menu as Togo's, replaced former co-branded Togo's shops.
Today, most newer locations of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are opened separate from each other due to the realization that the businesses have little in common when it comes to customers and traffic patterns.