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Dunkin Donuts breaks ground in Rock Island next week

A groundbreaking ceremony for the long-planned, long-awaited Dunkin Donuts return to the Rock Island neighborhood it left in 1999 is scheduled for next week.

The new Dunkin Donuts will be located at 2711 18th Avenue, just a couple of blocks away from its former location at 2519 18th Avenue, where Dr. Gyro's is now.

The ceremony will take place a week from today at 9:30 a.m.

EARLIER REPORT

January 30, 2018

With the wildly popular announcement of Hurts Donut Co. coming to the Quad Cities -- which Local 4 News first confirmed for you on Friday -- we decided to check on another doughnut franchise that announced plans for a local location.

Local 4 News reached out to Dunkin' Dounts, which announced plans to build a franchise store in Rock Island back in April. A representative of the company confirmed that the location is still planned, but a construction start date still has not been set.

The chain announced in July it would only open 380 to 450 locations in 2017 instead of the 585 it had planned. Most of the cuts were overseas, but Dunkin' also scrapped plans for 50 locations in the United States.

As Local 4 News reported in August, the Rock Island store expected to move in next door to CVS Pharmacy on 18th Avenue wasn't one of them.

Until 1999, a Dunkin' Donuts was located where Dr. Gyro's is now, at 2519 18th Avenue.

EARLIER REPORT

August 7, 2017

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The Dunkin' Donuts in Rock Island is going forward as planned, a company spokesperson told Local 4 News on Monday. 

The chain announced last month it will only open 380 to 450 locations this year instead of the 585 it had planned. Although most will be cut overseas, Dunkin' is also scrapping plans for 50 locations in the United States.

The Rock Island store expected to move in next door to CVS Pharmacy on 18th Avenue isn't one of them.

However, no opening date for the store has been announced, and its name might be up in the air as well.

A store opening this month in Pasadena, California, will call itself just Dunkin' and a few other Dunkin'-only stores will pop up later this year.

Until 1999, a Dunkin' Donuts was located where Dr. Gyro's is now, at 2519 18th Avenue.

EARLIER REPORT

April 17, 2017

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Dunkin' Donuts will open a new store in Rock Island. 
 
The announcement came during Monday night's Rock Island City Council meeting. 
 
The new store will be located on 18th Avenue and construction should begin in July.
 
Developers of the store want it to open by the fall. 
 
Mayor Dennis Pauley calls it a huge investment. 
 
"It's going to be a million dollar investment with the parking lot and all of the amenities," Pauley said. 
 
Mayor Pauley also says the developer is looking for another building to fill the space next door to the Dunkin' Donuts. 


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