To celebrate its official opening, Dunkin' Donuts is partnering with a local nonprofit, the Edgewater Optimist Club; 20 percent of the sales on January 7 will be donated to that group. "Edgewater is a wonderfully unique, locally-focused community. It's the perfect fit for a new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant, and we look forward to being an everyday stop for those who work and live in the area," says Josh Blanchard, part of Vanguard Capital Partners LLC (the other partners are Matthew Schnittman and Douglas Kelsall), which owns and operates the store.
This store, which is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., has both an eat-in area and a drive-thru -- and possibly the best view at any of this town's increasing number of Dunkin' Donuts: Right over Sloan's Lake.
While the Edgewater store has built charity into its business model, some people don't believe Dunkin' Donuts is giving enough. A Connecticut woman has started a drive to make Dunkin' Donuts donate its leftovers to charity. "I couldn't believe it when I found out how wasteful my local Dunkin' Donuts is," writes Nancy Lewis. "Every day when new donuts arrive, my local store gathers up their leftover donuts and muffins and throws them into the dumpster. They don't allow employees to take any home, and even though there's a food bank one block away, they won't donate these perfectly good leftovers to the needy." Want to sign on? Find out more about the petition here.