PALMYRA — “America Runs on Dunkin’’” says the commercial by the giant restaurant chain, which specializes in coffee and breakfast foods.
Soon, Palmyra might as well.
Inquiries by the owner of several local Dunkin’ Donuts franchises to bring the doughnut giant to the village has many excited, including the mayor.
“It’d be the first franchise ever brought into the village,” Mayor Chris Piccola said. “It’s long over due too, I think.”
A Subway franchise came to the village many years ago, but operates out of the Getty Mart convenience store on East Main Street. Otherwise, Palmyra has always featured home-grown restaurants.
Village Code Enforcement Officer Dan Wooden said inquiries have indeed been made by the owner of local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants about possible locations; however, there has not been any official paperwork submitted at this time. Piccola said although unofficial at this time, a franchise like Dunkin Donuts would be a boon for the village, and as mayor, he’d welcome any franchise that would like to call Palmyra home.
Talk around town has centered on the vacant Community Bank building on East Main Street next to the Post Office, owned by brothers Larry, Dave and Dean Williamson, the former owners of Pal Oil and later Pal Energy, which was sold to Griffith Energy. Larry Williamson referred to brother Dean for comment on whether the building was being considered for the franchise. He could not be reached for comment as of press time.
Luis Ribeiro is co-owner 25 of the 61 Dunkin’ Donuts in the greater Rochester area, including the Newark and Macedon locations. The franchise announced last month that upwards of 20 new restaurants are expected to open over the next several years in the region. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Ribeiro for eight new restaurants.
“I am excited to continue to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence throughout Rochester and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” Ribeiro said, although he did not specify where the sores would be located. “I have a strong passion and loyalty for Dunkin’ Donuts and look forward to further expanding the brand in the Rochester area in the years to come.”
Wooden said that should Dunkin indeed decide to come to Palmyra, he’ll be among the first to know. Whether the plan is to build new or renovate an existing village location, permits through code enforcement will be needed, he said.