WALLINGFORD — After being closed for three weeks, the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 5 near the Meriden line will reopen next week as one of the first “Next Generation” stores in the state.
Owner Manny Rocha said the store at 1101 N. Colony Road (Route 5) will open Sunday, with a grand re-opening ceremony planned for Oct 18. Rocha, who has owned the location for 12 years, described the latest change as “huge.”
“This is totally going to change the future of Dunkin’ Donuts,” Rocha said.
The store is now equipped with a tap system that dispenses cold beverages including iced coffee, iced tea, cold brew coffee, and nitro coffee.
Rocha’s daughter and franchisee, Erica Rocha, said the style of the new shop is inspired by Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Europe, which feature an open and bright design, new espresso machines and a bakery display case. She said the redesign is part of a nationwide initiative to modernize locations, called “Next Generation.”
Erica Rocha said the North Colony Road location will be one of the first in the state to unveil the modernized design.
“To see if the equipment needs to be changed or tweaked,” she said. “We are that test. Then they go in and make changes for the future remodels.”
Area supervisor Jorge Flamengo said in addition to the features inside the store, the store will be adding a second drive-thru lane.
Flamengo said customers will be able to use the Dunkin’ Donuts app to make orders, which can be picked up in the store or through the drive thru.
Rocha said he has been with the company since it was “just doughnuts and coffee.” He has seen the company change to stay current through the years.
“It’s going to bring in the younger generation,” Rocha said. “They’re now part of the Dunkin’ family.”