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New Dunkin’ Donuts sets March as target for opening

December 31, 2018
Construction of Dunkin' Donuts continues in the 1900 block of 5th Avenue on Dec. 26 in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Construction continues on a new Dunkin’ Donuts on 5th Avenue near the Marshall University campus.

“We are hoping for a March 1, 2019, opening date,” said Jeff Wood, construction manager for Little General, Inc., which is headquartered in Beckley. “We still have lots of work inside and out, along with signage work to be completed.”

The new, standalone location is across from Marshall’s campus and Recreation Center and is being built on the former 7-Eleven/Chevron lot in the 1900 block of 5th Avenue.

“The new 2,400-square-foot Huntington location is one of the next generation concept stores,” Wood said.

He says the special interior design uses lighter colored materials, an open layout and natural light to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.

Wood says the new store will offer a look at the brand’s U.S. store of the future experience, with a modern atmosphere and new and innovative technologies and design elements, including the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering.

“An exclusive On-the-Go drive-thru lane lets DD Perks members who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and merge straight into the line for the pickup window,” Wood said.

Wood added there will also be another traditional drive-thru lane at the location.

Wood said Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature cold beverages will be served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. He said crew members will use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order. A single-cup machine will also enable the option of grinding and brewing select coffee varieties one cup at a time.

“We will have approximately 20 crew members at this location to start,” according to Wood.

Woods added that the store will also have breakfast and lunch sandwiches and snacks.

“This location will also offer off street parking,” he said.

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