South DeKalb community leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new Dunkin Donuts that is under construction at 2555 Wesley Chapel Road near I-20. The location is the former site of the boarded-up Three Dollar Café.
Salman Badruddin, the franchisee who is developing the store through Sahil Enterprises, said he expects to open between June and July.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, who led the groundbreaking ceremony, said Badruddin worked closely with the community on the project.
“This has been a collaboration that has received support from the community and myself,” said Johnson. “It is just one of the many projects and improvements that we have planned to spur economic development in this area as part of our Renaissance project.”
The 3,400-square-foot store will include a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi café, drive-through window and an outdoor sitting area for customers.
Badruddin said the Dunkin Donuts restaurant will occupy 2,000 square feet of the space. The restaurant will offer Dunkin Donuts’ well-known menu of sweets, but also breakfast and lunch sandwiches, teas, coffees, lattes and other beverages.
A 1,400-square-foot space adjoining the store will be available for lease, Badruddin said.
“We’re looking for a quality tenant to join us,” said Budruddin. The Wesley Chapel Dunkin Donuts will be Badruddin’s seventh location. He said he opened his first on Memorial Drive in 1997. In South DeKalb, he also owns the location on Panola Road, which was formerly a Starbucks café. Badruddin said the new store will create about 10 jobs.
Badruddin said he is looking forward to the South DeKalb community supporting the new store.
Caption: L-R: Valerie J. Morgan, representing Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce President Doreen Carter, DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, Dunkin Donuts franchisee Salman Badruddin and the Dunkin Donuts mascot dig in at the groundbreaking.