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Dunkin’ ready to open its doors in Steubenville, Wintersville

READY TO OPEN — Two Dunkin’ stores in the area are set to open. The store on Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville, pictured, will open Monday, while the store at the intersection of Main Street and Canton Road in Wintersville will open June 8. (Photo by Warren Scott)

STEUBENVILLE — Doughnut aficionados will have more choices beginning Monday morning.

The new Dunkin’ store in Steubenville will open Monday at 1987 Sunset Blvd., while the Wintersville location at 101 Canton Road will open June 8. Both will use Dunkin’s “Next Generation” store concepts, with a modern vibe and new, innovative technology and design elements, including a “groundbreaking” cold beverage tap system to enhance freshness as well as front glass cases that provide an up-close look at their doughnuts. Other additions include high-volume coffee brewers to make getting a cup of coffee faster than ever and a large community table for customers.

Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla said it’s “wonderful” news.

“Any time a new business comes to Steubenville it’s welcomed and exciting,” Barilla said. “It will provide jobs and revenue. Hopefully, it will draw customers from other areas who may also visit other businesses.”

Formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts, the company has been rebranded to reflect its changing menu. While doughnuts are still a mainstay, they’ve added more drinks, including coffee options, as well as sandwiches to the menu.

Wintersville Mayor Bob Gale said they’re “so excited” about the opening, calling it a “great addition” to the community.

“I can’t wait for the opening and I will be there on opening day to welcome them and enjoy what they offer. It will be a great day for the village and especially for that corner of town,” he said, adding, “there’s never been a bigger time than now (to) support local businesses.”

Wintersville Council President Robbie Martin said he, too, is very excited about Dunkin’s opening, both for the jobs it will bring and because, “I love their coffee.”

“It’s been a real treat to know that we will have a national-brand company that will be well accepted with open arms,” Martin added. “I’m very happy to have more job opportunities for our citizens in our surrounding areas in a time we are going through right now with this COVID-19 and all the jobs lost everywhere.”

Anthony Braun, COO and CFO of Dunkin’ franchisee Heartland Restaurant Group, said they’ve received “tremendous positive feedback from customers in Western Pennsylvania,where we recently opened Next Generation Dunkin’ stores.”

“We’re very excited to share the Next Generation of Dunkin’ and to become a part of the fabric of the community in Steubenville and Wintersville,” he said.

With the openings, Heartland will have 57 stores. Sixty new jobs are being created as a result of the twin openings, the company’s first venture into Ohio.

Customers who visit the new Steubenville location on Monday or the Wintersville location on June 8 can purchase any size hot or iced coffee for only 99 cents. Heartland Restaurant Group will also be celebrating the launch of the two new Dunkin’ locations with product donations to area hospitals and first responders, Braun said.

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