Story by Mark Fisher of Dayton Daily News, first seen on DaytonDailyNews.com:
Pat Gilligan, the franchise owner for Dunkin’ Donuts throughout Dayton and southwest Ohio, is slowly but steadily making good on a promise he made in 2013 to open as many as 13 new doughnut shops around the Miami Valley. Gilligan disclosed to this news outlet today the locations of his eighth and ninth Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Miami Valley, and set a projected timeline for the opening of the seventh location.
The two additional stores that are in the early stages of development are coming to 2815 Harshman Road in Huber Heights and at 1505 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek. Construction is expected to begin in March 2019 of the Huber Heights doughnut shop, while the Beavercreek location still must navigate some development requirements and is under contract but has not yet closed, Gilligan said.
Meanwhile, a “Next Generation” Dunkin’ Donuts concept store is expected to open as early as December at 5901 Far Hills Ave. in Washington Twp., and Gilligan said today that a new Fairborn store at 168 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road is on schedule to open in the first quarter of 2019. That 2,200-square-foot Fairborn store will offer drive-through service, the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee has said.
Prior to Gilligan’s franchise deal, Dunkin’ Donuts’ once-robust presence in the Dayton area had shrunk to one location on Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. That location operates under separate franchise ownership. Gilligan has opened Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Kettering, Centerville, Sugarcreek Twp., Miami Twp., Riverside and Springfield.
Originally a doughnut and coffee chain with a limited menu, Dunkin’ Donuts has expanded its offerings in recent years to include frozen and iced beverages as well as bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, bakery sandwiches and wraps.
The company has announced it will change its name to simply “Dunkin,’” effective Jan. 1, 2019.