By Mark Ambrogi
Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to town. Which town, co-owner Suzanne Weis isn’t sure.
“Depends on who you talk to. The address (6842 Whitestown Parkway) we have is listed in Zionsville, but a lot of people tell me it really is Whitestown,” Weis said.
Either way, this is the first Dunkin’ Donuts to open in Zionsville or Whitestown.
“The area is just booming. We like the rapid growth,” Weis said of the location.
The grand opening of the store – which is officially in Whitestown – is set for Dec. 10. There will likely be a soft opening a few days before, but the date is not set yet.
“We do a lot of hoopla for that,” Weis said. “We raffle off for coffee for a year.”
At the recent Westfield opening, there were giveaways and the Colts cheerleaders visited. Dunkin’ Donuts is a sponsor for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and Indy Fuel. King Point Ventures is the Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchise partner in the Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne areas.
“My husband, John, and his college buddies got involved in this,” Weis said of King Point Ventures. “They have stores in New York, Connecticut and a bunch in Pennsylvania.”
The Whitestown restaurant is King Point Ventures’ 21st store in Indiana, with 16 in the Indianapolis area. Kings Point took over all 14 stores in the Indianapolis area and then started two more.
Weis, a Carmel resident, has hired 15 employees for the Whitestown Parkway store as of Oct. 31 and is looking for approximately 30 more to hire. Weis said her stores have been able to hire teenagers to work after school and weekends, but she really needs adults that can work during the day.
“Our busy hours are between 7 and 11 in the morning,” Weis said.
There also are openings for people to work overnight for the donut preparation. Interested applicants can apply at kpvllc.com or in-person at any area store. The store hours are 5 to 9 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.