3 local Dunkin' Donuts stores won't open

Three Dunkin' Donuts stores being built in the Midlands - including one on Main Street - will not open, a corporate spokesman said Thursday.

The three stores, which also include locations in Red Bank and Northeast Richland, were being built by franchisee Kainos Partners of Greer.

Despite filing for bankruptcy protection last July, Kainos still planned to open the three Midlands stores. The Red Bank store appeared close to completion.

In a bankruptcy court filing last month, the three Columbia stores were not among the locations Kainos said it wanted to keep. However, the firm petitioned to keep 16 Upstate stores.

In 2007, Kainos said it would open 31 stores in the Midlands by 2012. Efforts to reach Kainos Partners, one of 1,200 Dunkin' Donuts franchisees nationwide, were unsuccessful Thursday.