The purveyor of cakey doughnuts and fresh coffee, which traditionally has had a low-key presence in the area, is opening a rash of new stores from Lexington to Northeast Richland.
“We’re thrilled to be there in the community,” said Peter Marrinan, president and chief executive of franchisee TBG Food Acquisition Corp., a subsidiary of New York-based private equity firm the Beekman Group. “Columbia is a really lovely place, and we’ve found a really warm reception.”
Here’s what the brand has planned:
A new store in a former bank building on Devine Street at Millwood Avenue, across from Dreher High School, will open in the first quarter of next year.
Last year, Dunkin’ opened a store on high-traffic Clemson Road.
“There are others that we are working diligently on,” Marrinan said, adding negotiations are continuing for those sites.
The activity puts the Dunkin’ franchisee ahead of a schedule it announced two years ago. Marrinan said then his group would open eight new locations in the Midlands by the end of 2016.
In addition to doughnuts and coffee, the stores sells frozen and iced drinks, and baked goods and breakfast items, including bagels, muffins and hash browns.
Competitor Krispy Kreme – known for its glazed doughnuts – also has been making a push to expand in the Midlands in the past couple of years. It also has opened stores in Lexington, on Clemson Road and on Garners Ferry, just a mile or two from Dunkin’s new Devine Street location.