Dunkin' Donuts Considering Stores In Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 26, 2010 12:00 am  

Remember the Krispy Kreme tease?

In June 2000, The Associated Press reported that Krispy Kreme doughnut shops would be returning to Arkansas after an absence of almost 20 years. Reports on the status of the cruller purveyors appeared in local news outlets every few months afterward, until finally, in February 2004, a store opened at 1315 S. Shackleford Road, causing backed-up traffic and bringing out the police and even a news helicopter. Arkansas' then-first lady, Janet Huckabee, appeared for the 5:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting.

Now, it's Dunkin' Donuts that, according to a representative for Hart Lazenby Commercial, is eyeing the Arkansas market for properties. The Dunkin' Donuts folks are expected to be in the state in August.

The cities being considered for stores are Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, Hot Springs, Russellville, Conway, Morrilton, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Cabot, Searcy, Batesville, Pine Bluff, Monticello and Camden. However, "nothing is definite," the real estate agency spokesman said.

Arkansas currently lacks any Dunkin' Donuts storefronts. Jenna Kantrowitz, a Dunkin' Donuts spokesman, acknowledged that the firm, based in Canton, Mass., was "assessing the market to determine if they should develop within the state," but added that "there are no immediate plans at this time to open any locations." 

Arkansans, however, have shown we're patient when it comes to our fried sweets.

 

 

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