A new Dunkin’ Donuts shop – complete with a full-service drive-thru window – is set to open soon in National City, creating dozens of new jobs for locals.
Part of the popular chain of eateries headquartered in Massachusetts, this new Dunkin’ Donuts store is located at East Plaza Boulevard and Interstate 805, and is highly visible from the freeway.
Boardwalk Development, Inc., signed a lease with Dunkin' Donuts to create the new restaurant. The site is currently under construction.
Ron Bamberger, president of Boardwalk Development, Inc., told NBC 7 on Wednesday that they hope to open the location by mid-September.
He said the store plans to host a grand opening celebration when it officially opens for business this fall.
Bamberger said the shop's proximity to the freeway is a substantial benefit and will be convenient for morning commuters who want to pop in and out of the location quickly as they grab a doughnut on their way to work.
Bamberger said the business is on the morning side of the freeway -- the side of the street where the bulk of morning rush hour traffic occurs.
"The expectations are that it will be a very busy location," said Bamberger.
According to Sonya Modi, public relations specialist from Havas Formula, the company representing the project, this store will be the second Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru in San Diego County.
The first Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru is in Ramona, though that location is a Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins combo store, so this National City shop will be the first freestanding local Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru in San Diego County.
Modi said the National City location is expected to create about 100 new jobs for local residents. Hiring information will be released soon and job-seekers who are interested in working there will be able to find job listings on the website, SnagaJob.
The restaurant plans to host a job fair on Aug. 11. Job seekers interested in more details can call (619) 560-1189 or visit the location that day.
Bamberger said positions will include front and back-of-the-house, as well as management. He said banners with hiring information are currently posted around the development site.
The new restaurant is locally owned and operated by a disabled U.S. veteran who lives in San Diego County, Modi said.
Two years ago, Dunkin Donuts announced it planned to open its first traditional restaurants in California over the coming years. This plan included 14 restaurants San Diego County, with the first opening in 2016.
Modi told NBC 7 that after the National City location opens, there are two other San Diego County Dunkin’ Donuts slated to open this year: one in El Cajon and the other at Naval Air Station North Island.
Currently, San Diego County is home to four Dunkin’ Donuts locations: an outpost at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown San Diego (601 Pacific Highway); a shop at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Building 1 (34800 Bob Wilson Dr.); a shop at MCAS Miramar’s Building 5305; and the Ramona Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins location (1410 Main St.)
Dunkin' Donuts was founded in 1950 by Bill Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts. Today, the company has a cult following as the world's leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers daily and selling 52 varieties of doughnuts.