Rebecca Piscopo reports in the Selma News that a Dunkin Donuts will open in Selma, next to Exxon on 446 U.S. Highway 70 E., in November.
Smithfield Dunkin Donuts business owner Parth Patel said the Selma site is perfect because it is located off of Interstate 95.
“We want something to attract traffic coming from the North,” Patel said.
He added it is also ideal for Selma traffic on U.S. Highway 70. Residents, he said, will have another option for breakfast and coffee on their way to work each morning.
Sampson Bladden Oil Company, of Clinton, broke ground last week, according to real estate agent Teresa Daughtry of Weaver Commercial Properties in Smithfield. The company already owns the property and will also own the building.
Daughtry said her company worked with Patel and Sampson Oil on a contract. Patel will be a tenant leasing the space, and the company is doing all ground construction.
Dalton Construction Company, of Clayton, is constructing the Dunkin Donuts structure.
The structure will have a drive through window for customers and will also be a dine-in. Office Manager Ann Lee, with Dalton Engineering, said the construction of the building should cost about $300,000.
Right now, the building firm doesn’t have an exact idea about how large the structure will be, according to Lee, but Daughtry said it would be about 1200 square feet.
“We are just waiting for them to start construction,” said Patel, adding it should take about 60 days to complete the inside.
The structure will have a drive through window for customers.
“I think it is a good thing for the area,” Daughtry said.
Before construction can start, Selma Planning Director Ryan Simmons said the parties involved will have to apply for a building permit from the town of Selma.