Franchiser Eyes Dunkin’ Donut Store at Pleasant St. Service Station Site

Photo: The location of a new Dunkin’ Donut franchise at the corner of Brighton and Pleasant streets.

A family-run franchise business is looking to swap servicing cars with serving coffee and donuts as it has begun talks to construct a Dunkin’ Donuts store at 350 Pleasant St. on the intersection of Brighton Street.

Nicholas Leo, the business manager of his family’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchise business, said while the Cambridge-based Leo Organization is in “very preliminary talks” with the town and the property owner to build a “first-class” outlet of the coffee and bakery multinational headquartered in Canton, he said that “we could have the store open in six months.” 

Previously, the site was occupied by Pleasant Street Getty. A repair shop is currently at the location. The address is one-block from Route 2. 

If completed, the new store will be the third Dunkin’ Donut franchise in Belmont; the others are on Trapelo Road and on Church Street in Waverley Square, owned by “Duke” Carvallo.

In 2013, a small franchise owner began, but later abandoned, the process of bringing a Dunkin’ Donut store in the small strip mall at 70 Concord St.

“We are working on the design,” said Leo, which will not include a drive through. What residents can expect is “a first-class store with lots of glass, landscaping, and bring the neighborhood a property that is all cleaned up.”

The company runs 13 stores, a dozen in Massachusetts and one in Tampa, Fla. The closest Leo Organization stores to Belmont are at 199 Alewife Brook Parkway in Fresh Pond, Cambridge, and in the Alewife MBTA Station. 

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Comments

  1. Jill says

    I for one would welcome it. That site has been an eye sore forever. Bet you would not complain if it was a Starbucks

  2. Jack says

    I think it would be incredibly shortsighted to have a DD at this location. A business that relies so much on a high volume of traffic exacerbates what is an already ridiculously busy intersection in both morning and evening commutes.

    Moreover, a chain store with low wages – hard to see it as an asset. The town and the Winn Brook neighborhood can do better…

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