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Dunkin Donuts to Open New Allen County Location

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Dunkin' Donuts
November 18, 2008

Dunkin' Donuts is moving into a library as part of its plan to increase its presence in Indiana. It will open in the Allen County library next week. The company announced plans earlier this year to open 20 new stores in the Fort Wayne area, creating about 200 jobs. Dunkin' is also planning to officially open a new location in Anderson this week and an Indianapolis-based restaurant group says it has plans to open 40 franchises in Central Indiana over the next five years, creating about 2,000 jobs.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- November 24 marks the Grand Opening of the newest Dunkin' Donuts location, inside the downtown Allen County Public Library. Grand opening festivities will include ribbon cutting with representatives from the Mayor's office and Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The new store will be open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. A separate entrance to Dunkin' Donuts will be available during hours the library is closed. The menu is set to include pastries, cookies, muffins, flatbread sandwiches, pizzas and beverages. Free parking will be offered in the Wayne and Webster or Washington and Webster library lots with a validated parking ticket.

Formerly opened in the library as the Brickhouse Café and Creamery, the same owners, Kim and Gavin Hart operate the new Dunkin' Donuts franchise. They also own the Dunkin' Donuts on Coldwater Road, as well as six Dairy Queen franchises in Fort Wayne.

Gavin Hart stated, "We're extremely excited to be able to serve the downtown area from this prime location in the Library. With the new stadium only a block away, we're proud to be part of the revitalization process and look forward to serving not only the library patrons and staff, but also the entire downtown business community, area residents and visitors. Our long range goal is to establish a total of 20 Dunkin' Donuts locations in the area. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to enjoy America's best coffee."

Mr. Hart is referring to a recent blind taste test, where more Americans preferred the taste of Dunkin' Donuts coffee over Starbucks. In all, 54.2% preferred Dunkin' Donuts coffee, compared to 39.3% who chose Starbucks. 6.3% expressed no preference. In business for over 50 years, they are the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving more than three million customers per day. Dunkin' Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts, more than a dozen coffee beverages plus an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.

Cheryl Ferverda, Community Relations Spokesperson for the Allen County Public Library, added, "We're very pleased to continue the relationship with Kim and Gavin Hart under the Dunkin' Donuts franchise. Their presence in the Library offers our visitors a unique opportunity to hopefully extend the length of their visits... especially true in our highly popular genealogy department. The Allen County Public Library is happy to be able to provide a platform for further enhancing the growth of the downtown area through the introduction of new businesses that benefit our diverse population."

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