Report: Dunkin’ Donuts To Move in at Old Frogurt Location on Blowing Rock Road?

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

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By Jesse Wood

There might be another donut shop coming to Boone.

Boone Planning and Inspections Director Bill Bailey, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday, told the Watauga Democrat recently that a developer planning to purchase property on Blowing Rock Road works on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts.

The property in question is 668 Blowing Rock Road, where a Quiznos and most recently a Frogurt operated. A sign along the road notes that the property is currently under contract.

Wright Properties is the listing agent. The 0.46-acre property and 2,115-square-foot building is listed at $750,000. Roger Wright of Wright Properties didn’t immediately return a phone call on Wednesday.

“The property is completely up to code, and the water and sewer impact fees have been paid for a 50 seat restaurant. A drive-thru window, grease interceptor, walk-in refrigerator, and walk-in freezer are in place. This is a turn-key restaurant opportunity,” notes Wright Properties’ website.

This property was in the news earlier this year because the out-of-town owners racked up more than $65,000 in fines from the Town of Boone because of violations to the town’s UDO for not fixing a sinkhole in the parking lot in a timely manner.

When requesting leniency with the fines, an owner told the Boone Town Council in January that more than $70,000 was spent in fixing the sinkhole, which made the property unmarketable.

As far as donut shop in Boone, a Dunkin’ Donuts would be following the path of Krispy Kreme, which is being built at the former location of Long John Silvers, which was demolished this summer.

With new competition in the works, support of the Local Lion, a locally-owned espresso bar and homemade donut shop on Blowing Rock Road, will be needed more than ever if an independent donut shop in Boone is going to survive. Check out the Local Lion here.

*Editor’s note: The second to last sentence has been changed. In italics are words added to sentence.

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