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Northfield Could Get First Drive-Thru Restaurant

Dunkin Donuts has signed on for space at a proposed Willow Road retail building.

After seven years spent vacant, the former BP location at 1900 Willow Rd. could house a 6,500 square-foot retail space including a flagship Dunkin Donuts.

The proposed 1,900 square-foot store would include TVs, couches and possibly a fireplace and employ softer signs and lights to add to the more upscale effect and cater to nearby residents.

“It’s not your typical Dunkin Donuts,” said developer Mike Chookaszian. “It will be the nicest one you’ve ever seen.”

The village’s Architectural and Plan and Zoning commissions reviewed the proposal in July and provided the Village Board with positive recommendations.

“We’d like to see the property developed,” said Northfield Community Development Manager Steve Gutierrez.

Northfield currently has a drive-thru and but the Dunkin Donuts would be the village’s first drive-thru restaurant. Chookaszian said he is working on attracting other businesses to the development. While he hasn’t confirmed any yet and couldn’t say how many jobs the Dunkin Donuts would create, Chookaszian is confident that his work will help the village.

“It’ll definitely bring in significant sales tax dollars,” he said.

The board will discuss but not vote on the development at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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Lawrence August 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
No, No, and NO!!!!!! Just what we need to create another traffic nightmare bringing a trashy business to our town. There go the resale values even further!!!
Ian August 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I think it's great! If done right, an it sounds like it will be, it will create a nice gathering place and add beauty to a pretty drab looking town. Go for it! Beats a vacant lot for sure!

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