Dunkin' Donuts is open for business
Love it or loathe it, Blue Hill now has a Dunkin’ Donuts and it opened officially on July 11 with a morning ribbon cutting ceremony organized by the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The store is owned by Bruce MacDonald and will be run primarily by his son Rob MacDonald. This is the seventh Dunkin’ Donuts opened by the MacDonald family of Clifton. Since its inception, members of the community have come down on both the love it and the loathe it sides of the issue, drawing large numbers of attendees at planning board meetings during the permitting process who opposed the franchise. Others in the community tout the jobs it will bring. According to Bruce MacDonald there are already 18 employees, “most of them are full-time, and we expect to hire about two more.” The shop will be open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dunkin’ Donuts now occupies only one of three spaces at the newly named TradeWinds Crossing plaza and will soon be joined by the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, which has been given rent-free space by owners Chuck and Belinda Lawrence. According to chamber president Scott Gray, the chamber is excited to accept the Lawrences “generous donation to the chamber,” and plans to make the move in the fall.