New Dunkin’ Donuts planned for 6th Street

In separate move, O’Reilly Auto Parts will relocate east of Checkers

Workers in downtown Lawrence may soon have a good excuse for bringing donuts to the office.

November 14, 2008


Workers driving into downtown each morning may soon have one less excuse not to bring doughnuts to the office.

Plans are in the works to build a new Dunkin' Donuts at Sixth and Michigan streets, said Sonny Patel, the owner of Lawrence's lone Dunkin' Donuts at 521 W. 23rd St.

The store on 23rd Street will remain open. Patel said he's wanted to expand for years in Lawrence, but had to await corporate approval.

"We have a lot of customers bugging us for a new location," Patel said. "They tell me that they have to drive all the way across town for their coffee."

The new store - which would be on the northwest corner of the intersection - will include a drive-through lane. The store will be housed in a new 2,400-square-foot building that will replace the current building on the corner, which used to house a medical supply and equipment store.

The project currently is seeking site plan approval from city planners. Patel said he hopes to start construction in February and have the new store open in July.

Another Lawrence business plans a new location. This one - O'Reilly Auto Parts Store - has started construction on a vacant lot east of Checkers on 23rd Street.

O'Reilly spokesman Mark Merz said the new store is part of a company-wide plan to build new prototype stores in several markets. The new stores typically are larger than existing stores and feature wider aisles and more "retail showroom" space. The site - which fronts 23rd Street - previously had been proposed for apartments.

Merz said the new store likely would open in about six months. The current O'Reilly store, at 1008 W. 23rd St., will remain open while the new store is being constructed. But eventually that store will be remodeled for a new retailer, said local commercial real estate agent Paul Cromer. He said he has signed a tenant for the space but said he could not yet reveal the identity of the business.


somebodynew 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, waka1, hopefully the folks who run and work at those place just read your post and will quit doing that, since you seem proud of scamming them.

The_riot_is 9 years, 3 months ago

I hope Dunkin Donuts don't have the same problem that Runza & Papa Murphy's had when they opened a second location.Their profits didn't double. All it did was split and double the overhead in the process. Their current customers just went to the closest location.

RuralKsGirl 9 years, 3 months ago

Mmm... Carol Lee Donuts! I have the fondest memories of that place. Good luck to the Dunkin guys. They're great people and I wish them all the best in their new endeavor.As far as the O'Reilly's... Is there really THAT much traffic that it'll make a difference in that area? I mean, I know people like their auto parts and all, but seriously? It's not as though they're putting in a McDonalds or a post office or anything as regularly high-traffic such as those establishments.

UfoPilot 9 years, 3 months ago

That building is in the North EAST corner not North west.

Jen Catloth 9 years, 3 months ago

BufflyoGal I couldn't agree more! Tim Hortons is the best!

lawthing 9 years, 3 months ago

at least someone is showing success in these hard times! the donut man never dies!

Lowell Holmes 9 years, 3 months ago

Multi - I remember those days. I miss some of the places we used to have on 6th street but I would not want to bring them back and mangle the traffic. Although I wish Vista would come back.

shawn1040 9 years, 3 months ago

Lamar's donuts are a million times better!!

hawklet21 9 years, 3 months ago

Holy donut holes. I'm going to get so fat in July.

Confrontation 9 years, 3 months ago

Don't mind waka1. He/she is trying to get in as much time on the Library computer as possible.

pooter 9 years, 3 months ago

Fried dough? Nah, I'd rather have some fried chicken.Church's or Popeye's, now that's the ticket!*

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

hawklet, how'd ya KNOW i thought of you when i saw where this dunkin' donuts will be going in??? :) yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy! :) can i come over???

Lowell Holmes 9 years, 3 months ago

I am not a traffic engineer but I don't think either of those locations are a very good choice. The stretch of 23rd St by Checkers is already at the limits of its capacity and adding another business access point there makes no sense to me at all. The northwest corner of 6th and Michigan just doesn't seem big enough for a place with a drive through window. I am happy Mr. Patel is doing well enough to expand his business but I just hope the location doesn't turn 6th St into another 23rd.

salad 9 years, 3 months ago

"Lamar's donuts are a million times better!!"FAIL

Buggie7 9 years, 3 months ago

Bring back Lamars and Carol Lee's Donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 3 months ago

Dunkins and Kreme are okay, but my favorite is Tim Hortons. Only Canadians would name a doughnut shop after a dead hockey player.

BigPrune 9 years, 3 months ago

I don't recall any traffic complaints when the apartment complex was supposed to go next to Checkers. Autopart stores don't generate much traffic at all. Everytime I've been in one there might be 3 customers tops. Pricillas could move a couple of doors down. They could have private peep show rooms with completely nude strippers, private porno video booths, porn video rentals, marital aid sales, - not that I would be in favor of it at all but it would all be legal and the city couldn't do a damn thing to stop it. I wonder if it's too late?

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

i am a krispy kreme fan, myself...but hey, i am the donut's best friend! :) can't say i've really ever met a donut i didn't like!

Bone777 9 years, 3 months ago

Vista was darn good. A Vista Burger and a shake. Mmmm Mmmmmm good.

Haiku_Cuckoo 9 years, 3 months ago

The people who work at Dunkin Donuts here in Lawrence are some of the friendliest food workers I have ever met. I always get service with a smile there. Congratulations, Mr. Patel, on the opening of your second store. I wish you lots of success!

Paul Geisler 9 years, 3 months ago

Swweeeeeeet! Dare I say, this will almost be too convenient! :-) I believe there is plenty of demand for a second Dunkin' Donuts in this town. Living near 6th Street I'm more likely to go to HyVee for donuts now rather than drive over to 23rd Street. But with D-Donuts just around the corner HyVee's bakery will lose out everytime!UofPilot, You might want to check a map before you post a comment like that. Actually, the Dunkin Donuts building will be located on the Northwest corner of 6th & Michigan! Anderson Rental is located on the Northeast corner of 6th & Michigan. Take a look at Google Maps using Streetview and you'll be able to see for yourself.

cowboy 9 years, 3 months ago

how is this going to effect law enforcement in lawrence ? Will central lawrence still have the amount of partol we currently have ? Just kidding guys !

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