Dunkin' to open in OctoberSeptember 16, 2020
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — Sagar Desai knows many people need their coffee before their days can begin, and he’s currently brewing up another way for Jasper residents to get their fix.
A Dunkin’ coffee and doughnut shop is set to open in the city before Halloween.
Located at 3085 N. Newton St., the franchised location will begin dishing out coffee, doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches and more from its renovated building in mid- to late October.
“I’m really excited to be in Jasper,” said Desai, who owns and will manage the location. “It looks like a great community. I just moved here a week ago, and whoever I talk [to], they’re really excited for Dunkin’.”
Desai said the restaurant will hire between 30 and 40 employees to get the store rolling. Both part-time and full-time positions are available. His family owns the Owensboro Dunkin’, and he said they decided to expand to Jasper after researching the market.
The city jumped out as a perfect fit.
Jasper’s Dunkin’ is what Desai called a “next-gen store.” It features a fresh setup and equipment, including an iced coffee tap system and newly designed espresso and coffee machines. Remodeling began on the building — which formerly housed an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt — in June.
The Jasper Dunkin’ will feature a drive-thru and a dining room. Doughnuts, tea, frozen drinks, sandwiches, bagels, muffins, many varieties of coffee and more will be available at the restaurant. In addition to always-available flavors, seasonal flavors like pumpkin, gingerbread, peppermint and butter pecan are also offered throughout the year.
When speaking about why ownership selected the old Orange Leaf building, Desai said “it’s the right size for Dunkin’,” and added that its location on a main traffic vein and proximity to schools and businesses make it an ideal spot.
“This was kind of like a perfect location for us,” he said.
Due to COVID-19, customers are encouraged to place orders on their smartphones using the company’s mobile app. Contactless pickup is offered for guests when they arrive at the store.
Desai, 27, began working at a Dunkin’ part-time on weekends when he was in college, and shortly after he graduated, his family became owners of the store in Owensboro.
Desai was a manager at that Dunkin’, and when the team decided to expand to Jasper, he offered to use his years of experience to head up the effort. The Jasper store is now his sole focus.
“I want to get to know the community,” he said. “We can get involved in the community, and then we can expand in the community as well.”
Though a specific opening date has not been set, Desai said special promotions will be offered when the doors do officially open. When it launches, the restaurant will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those hours could be extended on Fridays and Saturdays, but that has yet to be determined.
“It’s a small business,” Desai said of the future coffee and doughnut shop. “It is a small business. And that’s the good thing about Dunkin’. People like me get an opportunity to own a business like this. And Dunkin’ encourages us and they help us in a lot of ways.”
Daily interviews are underway for the restaurant’s employment openings. To schedule one, readers can call 548-6780, or visit Apply.JasperDunkin.com.
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