Dunkin’ Donuts will open its first Western Colorado location in Montrose later this year. Established in 1950 in Massachusetts, the American global doughnut and coffeehouse has become one of one of the most successful franchises with more than 12,500 restaurants in 36 countries. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, and the Montrose location will feature the sweet combination of both restaurants with its menu of signature donuts, breakfast sandwiches, hot and cold coffees as well as hard-serve ice cream.
While the Front Range has nearly 20 Dunkin’ Donut locations, the Western Slope has yet to land a Dunkin’ Donut franchise location. After a thorough search of the ideal Western Slope hometown for the establishment, the Dunkin’ Donut & Baskin Robbins combo franchise settled on Montrose. The next step was selecting the ideal site and whether to build new or remodel.
“Montrose has long been on our radar as a place for expansion,”�said Bert Hayenga, CEO of First Cup dba Dunkin’ Donuts. “With the city’s growth and exciting developments taking place now and in the next years, we knew the time was ripe. Although we had identified the destination, our next step was to determine exactly where, when and how.”
Bert Hayenga and his team met with John Renfrow of Renfrow Realty to learn more about what commercial options where available in Montrose. Renfrow helped Bert Hayenga sift through the current commercial vacant land and existing building inventory. The arterials of Townsend, Main and Grand were targeted as first choices but other considerations had to be made between new construction versus build-out.
“There is a lot of thought that has to go into a franchise’s decision to open another location,” said John Renfrow, owner of Renfrow Realty. “Traffic count is a major driver. Usually the higher the traffic count the better the location, but it depends on the access as well. We narrowed it down to South Townsend as ideal and then specifically on one building that fit the bill.”
The dual commercial condos of 1803 and 1807 S Townsend sit at the corner of Niagara and Townsend. Known for over a decade as the Q&T convenience store and gas station, the business closed and sat vacant for years. In 2015 the property was purchased and remodeled with the building’s south end transformed into the new Comfort Dental. While the building’s entire exterior was redone, the 6,000-square-foot, north-end remained gutted and awaiting entrepreneurial vision. It was a great location for Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins, but not perfect.
“It was great that the building shell was done but the interior was left to our imagination,” said Hayenga. �We also liked the corner location at the signalized intersection, but ideally we needed room for a drive-thru. Through our work with John Renfrow, Bill Bell and the city of Montrose’s staff, we were able to resolve the location’s challenges and move forward to the purchase.�
The opening of Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins retail store in Montrose is not Bert Hayenga’s first rodeo. The Scottsdale-based Bert Hayenga is CEO of First Cup and a visionary for opening more than 50 other Dunkin’ Donut stores throughout the Southwest. The Montrose location will begin construction efforts in April and is set to open its doors by late 2018. Comfort Dental will retain its location at 1807 S Townsend.
While the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins blend brings the town’s first donut and coffee franchise, it returns a long-time hard ice cream favorite to Montrose. From the early 1980s to early 2000s, Baskin Robbins was located across from the high school. Nearly 15 years later, the world’s largest ice cream chain is back again. With the arrival of the two-franchise establishment, Montrose continues to draw the attention of national restaurant, hotel and retail chains.
“Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins arrival demonstrates the further evidence of Montrose’s economy blossoming,” said John Renfrow. “In the past few years alone, we’ve seen the arrival of Marriott, Big 5 and Ross. Now with the Colorado Outdoors development, we’re anticipating even further attention on our city as a target market.”
The Montrose Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins grand opening set for late 2018 will feature a drive-thru and employ approximately 25 to 30 full and part-time employees. Hayenga anticipates big crowds the first weeks and is considering hosting a grand opening Celebration with prizes for the first hundred patrons.
“By kicking off the grand opening later this year in a big way, we want to let the community know that we are invested in this city and believe in its future,” says Hayenga.
Renfrow Realty is a high-performance real estate team located in Montrose, Colorado. Now in its fourth generation in the Montrose-Delta area, “Renfrow” is a surname people have trusted for investment decisions ranging from furniture and appliances between 1945 and 1996 to commercial and residential real estate sales and development since 1986. Renfrow Realty has established a lengthy and proven track record for delivering dependability, honesty and excellence to new and repeat customers. Renfrow Realty is a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Commercial Brokers.