Bob Darden reports at Greenwood Commonwealth that the recent closure of Greenwood’s Dunkin’ Donuts after less than a year is yet another sign of the contracting economy, Mayor Carolyn McAdams said Tuesday.
“It’s another loss of a few employees that do not have a job now. It does play havoc on our community,” she said.
The store, which opened in December, closed last week. It is owned by Capital Franchise Group Inc. Fred Carl Jr., founder, president and chief executive officer of Viking Range Corp., is chairman of Capital Franchise.
Frank Leflore, franchise owner, declined to comment on the store’s closing. He referred calls to the Dunkin’ Donuts Media Relations Department in Canton, Mass. Repeated calls to that department were not returned.
Derry Johnson, a computer consultant based in Greenwood, said he had a bad feeling about the Greenwood store’s life expectancy.
“I said it was probably going to be a parking lot by December. It happened faster than I predicted,” he said.
Johnson, originally from Pennsylvania, said the prices at Dunkin’ Donuts “were a little high,” plus Greenwood wasn’t ready for that style of cake doughnuts. He wasn’t surprised that doughnuts not fried in grease didn’t catch on here.
“This area of the South is very slow to change,” Johnson said.
The store featured wireless Internet access, and Johnson said he used to enjoy going there and visiting with the employees.
“There just wasn’t enough business. It was a good place to hang out. I liked the fact that they weren’t too busy,” he said.
Johnson said he heard complaints about the store from people loyal to doughnuts made by Krispy Kreme and Honest Abe’s.
“They said, ‘The doughnuts aren’t made there. They aren’t fresh,’” Johnson said.
Rachel Hodge-Adams, a former Commonwealth lifestyles editor who now lives in Bruce, said Dunkin’ had problems that went beyond an unfamiliar menu.
“Every time I went there, it seemed to get a little worse. The food was just no good,” she said.
Late in September, Leflore announced that another Dunkin’ store was opening in the Harrah’s Tunica Casino in Robinsonville. Another Dunkin’ store is in Columbus.