By: Paul Koenig, Kennebec Journal
FARMINGDALE — Capital-area commuters craving a pumpkin spice latte or a box of Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts soon won’t have wait till they reach Augusta or make a stop in Gardiner to satisfy their urges.
A new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant on Maine Avenue in Farmingdale is expected to open in mid-October to early November.
The owner of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Gardiner and two other locations in Lewiston is opening the new location at 691 Maine Ave. to relieve some of the demand at the Gardiner shop.
“One of the reason we’re expanding is Gardiner is becoming too busy and our customers are experiencing a longer waiting time than I’d like to see,” said Normand Boulay Jr., of Lewiston.
The new building is largely just plywood walls right now, but its shape is distinctly Dunkin’ Donuts, with a drive-thru window on the side. It will require a widening of the road to accommodate a turn lane, Boulay said.
He declined to give the cost of the new location other than saying, “It’s a significant investment.”
The shop, which has been in the works for about a year, will employ 20 to 25 people, including eight to 12 full-time employees, Boulay said. About four will be promoted from the Gardiner location, he said.
The restaurant and the bright orange and pink double D’s adorning its signs and coffee cups are mainstays in Maine and the rest of the Northeast.
With 143 restaurants in Maine, Dunkin’ Donuts tops the Seattle-based Starbucks’ 15 and the Ontario-based Tim Hortons’ 30.
The first Dunkin’ Donuts opened in Quincy, Mass., in 1950. Nearly all of its roughly 7,300 restaurants in the U.S. are franchises, most of which can be found along the East Coast.