PALMYRA — Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to open in Palmyra in time for the Christmas season.
Crews have been on site at the former Community Bank, next door to the Post Office on Route 31, where the building is undergoing a series of renovations to accommodate the village’s first fast-food franchise.
Village Code Enforcement Officer Dan Wooden said that a building permit was issued for the renovations recently. Franchise owner Luis Ribeiro is co-owner of several Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the Rochester region, including the Newark and Macedon locations.
Crews were working inside — and out of the cold — on Monday. A sign in the window promises Dunkin’ will be coming soon. Job applications are being accepted at the Newark and Macedon locations.
Renovations are expected to take another month, but Wooden said he was told Ribeiro hopes to open the new restaurant in time for the holidays.
This past summer, Ribeiro presented plans to the Newark Village Planning Board to alter the drive-through at the Newark location after purchasing the adjacent property formerly home to the Newark Diner. The franchise announced earlier this year that upwards of 20 new restaurants were expected to open over the next several years in the Rochester region.
“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 following the announcement of a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts. “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.”
The agreement includes plans for eight new restaurants in the region, which includes Palmyra. Ribeiro currently owns 25 of the 61 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Rochester area.
Ribeiro did not return a request for comment.