UPDATED: Ok, just got a tip that the Dunkin’ Donuts in Question wants the old beverage space because there will be room for a drive-thru. If this is true, I am not so sure just how it will fit with the downtown character of the West End. It could make a dangerous situation with pedestrians and cyclists. That’s just my opinion.
There are two types of people in this world: those who love franchises and those who don’t. ‘Franchise vs Resident’ wars are nothing new to the West End of Long Beach. After all, some of you were fighting Jake’s Wayback Burgers back in April with issues of “lower home values and (will) hurt the small-town character of the West End.” (Read the full article @ LB HERALD – Residents oppose West End eatery.) Not to mention the fear of more franchises to follow. Well, a new franchise is knocking on the West End’s door and that’s Dunkin’ Donuts. Scott, a resident of the Long Beach, tells me this was discussed at great length after the candates forum at yesterday’s West End Neightbors. Scott adds:
DD is trying to buy/rent the old beer distributor and petitions are going around to try and stop this. Many residents oppose it because it may put mom and pop shops out of biz and dont want a chain/franchise store in the West End. Personally I think it takes away the character of the West End and really dont want to see it. Hoping you could help get the word out.
Apparently a petition is going around to stop the franchise from coming. I want to get some feedback from you West Enders – Dunkin’ Donuts: Yay or nay?