A new Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to 351 Grand Street, just to the west of Essex. Paperwork was filed recently with the Buildings Department for the renovation of a storefront previously occupied by Grand Health Pharmacy, which moved to another space a couple of doors down. Our understanding is that this is a franchise operation, rather than a corporate-owned store.
The shop will join two other chains – -Papa John’s and Subway Sandwiches — surrounding the Seward Park High School campus. The Dunkin’ Donuts will be located just two doors away from an independent business, Flowers Cafe.
Last year, a Dunkin’ Donuts store was slated for 409 Grand St., in a strip of retail shops owned by the Seward Park Co-op. Residents launched a campaign against the donut shop and recruited another tenant, Tribeca Pediatrics, for the space. A similar campaign targeting 7-Eleven was unsuccessful. The convenience store chain recently began renovations on a new location at 403 Grand St.