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Dunkin’ Donuts eyeing eastern Lincoln County

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Plans are currently in the works for a new Dunkin’ Donuts in eastern Lincoln County, with members of the public invited to share their input on the proposal during a community-involvement meeting Thursday.
John Coughlin, who has the development rights for the Massachusetts-based chain in Lincoln and other surrounding counties, said he has been eyeing the Denver area for a while.
He was also behind the international chain’s Boger City location on East Main Street, which opened for business in late 2011.
The proposed site for the new store is on the west side of N.C. 16 Business, roughly 600 feet north of Townsend Drive in Catawba Springs Township.
Coughlin said the area would be a “good fit” for Dunkin’ Donuts, with anticipation of traffic from commuters off Lake Norman.
The property, just under an acre, will require a rezoning to permit the two-unit commercial development. Coughlin set up the community-involvement meeting, though not required, to hear from citizens about any concerns they may have before he gets “too far down the path” with the project.
Lincoln County Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins said the proposed Denver location would be similar to the Lincolnton store, calling for a 2,760-square-foot building. The other tenant, he added, has not been determined.
Many Dunkin’ Donuts stores are built as part of two-tenant facilities, which Coughlin noted allows them to spread the overhead costs.
Thursday’s meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the East Lincoln Community Center on Optimist Club Road in Denver.
A public hearing on the rezoning request is scheduled for the Aug. 5 Board of Commission meeting.
For more information, call the county’s Planning and Inspections Department at (704) 736-8440.

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