New Dunkin’ holds grand opening

Published 9:00 am Thursday, July 27, 2023

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On Wednesday, Dunkin Donuts held a grand opening for its New Franklin Road location.

Owned by franchisees Shamsu Charania, Hiten Patel and Ali Chuara, the trio was excited to officially celebrate the store’s opening.

“We had our soft opening on June 19, and were met with great customers and a fantastic community. We are excited to be in this great community and hope to be around for a long time,” Charania said.  “There’s great potential in this town to grow with the college here, and I think this road is underserved in breakfast options. So, I think this location will do well here and I hope that the community can help us continue to grow in this area.”

During the grand opening, Mayor Willie Edmondson and members of the Lagrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce stopped by to help with the ribbon cutting.

“To have the mayor and members of the community meant a lot to us. We are not from this community and have businesses in Atlanta. We came to this community to do business and for the mayor to come out and support us meant a lot to us,” Patel said. “Seeing and receiving all this support shows that this community is open for business, welcomes businesses, and it will do anything to support it so that we are successful, and they are successful too.”

Charania said the first 100 guests got free coffee for a year among other freebies.

“We had a cornhole challenge for our customers set where if they got the sack in, they got a five-dollar gift card. We also had face painting here and just a good time connecting with the community,” Charania said.

As the new location makes waves in town, the trio has a few goals in mind for its future.

“Obviously, we want to make money, but we also want to help the community provide opportunities for younger generations to find career paths. There are great career positions in the food industry. So hopefully, we can continue to grow our company as they grow their careers too,” Charania said.