Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Developing More Donut Destinations in Atlanta

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.

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Anonymous said...

If you are going to include the closing of the Embry Hills location...which must have been 10 years might as well include the Memorial Drive location near Indian Creek Rd. that closed in the 80s or the location in Suburban Plaza Too at the corner of N. Decatur and Church St next to the Turtles and Nicks Hot Dogs.

Anonymous said...

Eli, any further specs like the street number or intersection for the S. Cobb drive one. I ask because there's one on South Cobb & Spring, and while this isn't New England, it would be surprising to see one within 5 miles of that one for Atlanta.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: closeD locations,

Yes, perhaps I should have. I guess there are plenty around the city, that one just stuck out to me.

Thanks for the comments though and for reading the blog.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: Cobb location,

Yes, the exact location is :
4928 South Cobb Dr.

I'm unsure about any relocation or closure that may come.

Thanks for the question and for reading the blog.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Embry Hills, I noticed the roof of the old dry cleaners in front of the Kroger on Chamblee-Tucker being repaired/replaced a month or two ago. Any word on a new business moving into this building?

TheJohnP said...

@Anon, Tried to look at the leasing company for Embry Village to try to answer that very question, but it is still showing that Three Dollar Cafe is going into that space. Oh well, hopefully Eli has the intel.

Anonymous said...

The Memorial Dr location at Indian Creek is still there. It's a Dunkin/Baskin Robins combo.

Anonymous said...

1766 Howell Mill to be renovated into DD

Anonymous said...

Any update on the L5P deal? Would love to see a local business in this space instead of a big chain.

Atlantan99 said...

Hi anon,

I've heard nothing new but last I heard it was to begin construction some time in mid-late January.

Thanks for the question and for reading the blog.