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New Dunkin’ Donuts to continue Wesley Chapel Road renaissance

Signs of new life are popping up on Wesley Chapel Road.

On April 9 DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and a group of residents welcomed the arrival of a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a groundbreaking ceremony along the Wesley Chapel corridor near I-20.

“This will be an upscale coffee shop with WI-FI that we want in our community,” Johnson said.

Commissioner Larry John, left, and owner Salman Badruddin stand with the Dunkin' Donuts mascot in front of the planned location of the Wesley Chapel Road Dunkin' Donuts slated to open this July. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Commissioner Larry John, left, and owner Salman Badruddin stand with the Dunkin’ Donuts mascot in front of the planned location of the Wesley Chapel Road Dunkin’ Donuts slated to open this July. Photo by Travis Hudgons

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According to the owner, the new 3,500-square-foot Dunkin’ Donuts, slated to open this July, will be located at 2555 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, and will bring 10 new jobs to the area and have an additional adjoining retail space. The Decatur location will be the seventh store opened by local franchisee Salman Badruddin, who also owns Panola Road and Memorial Drive locations.

“I like this area,” Badruddin said. “I’m excited to bring a community coffee shop to this area.”

“We are not renovating this property, we are rebuilding this property. This will be a brand new building from the ground up,” he said.

The existing building, currently being demolished, was home to several businesses in the past but has sat vacant for several years.

“It’s important that we get rid of these vacancies. It creates code issues, promotes vagrancy and it’s just an eyesore,” Johnson said. “When you have new, vibrant businesses opening, it shows the renaissance of Wesley Chapel and District 3.”

Residents at the ground breaking expressed excitement about the neighborhood-friendly business opening and the possibilities for other businesses to move in to the area.

“We’re in a renaissance. We’re trying to restore and rebuild,” said Paula Tate, a resident for more than 30 years and director of the Heart of South DeKalb Festival. “We’re also focusing on shopping local and building local—which is the only way we’ll save our community.”

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5 Comments

  1. Hopeful says:

    I’m happy to see DD being built, as well as the other places (Krispy Kreme, RaceTrac etc) .It’s definitely will be a fresh start.

    Though I’m not a residence in the Wesley Chapel, I would come there from time to time. As many older and present day residence would be dismayed about, the Wesley Chapel you see today isn’t the Wesley Chapel in the past..which was not the blighted mess you see today. I’m tried of seeing 1..2…3..beauty shops next to each other, old uninspiring,sometimes raggedy buildings and just for profit businesses that doesn’t generate any kind of revenue for the community.

    Some people say shop in your own community. While I’m not a person who focus on one place to patronize in, let’s be honest.:there are hardly any businesses on the road that you can shop,wine/diñe,play (clubs won’t do it) . I admit to going to other shopping venues in other counties..and Stonecrest mall for those reasons.

    I’m glad that Larry Johnson is leading the path to prosperity. I’m hoping with attracting builders for the projects he has on the docket, that maybe it will also lead to new/remodeled homes, golf courses, tennis courts, maybe a skatepark, greenspace and maybe some development with retail like a marketplace..if room permits.

  2. Hopeful says:

    Let me clarify the homes part. I meant to some of the apartments on the street.

  3. Resident says:

    As a resident of this area, I am ecstatic that leaders in a position to make changes actually happen realize this road needs their attention. It has potential to be the clean, neighborhood friendly environment I grew up in. To look around now, the view is extremely disheartening. The road now looks attractive to the likes of panhandling and prostitution (this is occurring now). It will only get as bad as the community allows. To many this is just a new donut shop, but to me, this feels like a step in the right direction.

  4. resident says:

    I am so glad to see Wesley Chapel getting a makeover! I pray they tear down that huge liquor store as well. It is old, ugly and bringing more unsavory ppl to the area. Alot of residents are unhappy with how this area has declined. Glad to see they are trying to renew it.

  5. Allison Whittaker Brown says:

    Finally……. a Krispy Kreme in my community. I no longer have to drive to SW ATL to satisfy my sweet tooth. Can’t wait until opening day. I’ve been enjoying this delicious treat since my days at Spelman, when I would walk to Lee Street to savor the tasty treat. My family and I are putting ourselves on a voluntary quarantine from all sugars until the Grand Opening!!!! Best wishes Krispy Kreme, and welcome to our community!!

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