Dunkin’ Donuts Seeking Approval for Extended Hours

Franchise would like to open a little earlier. But first it must get the OK from the Lakewood Planning Commission.

Officials from Dunkin’ Donuts would like to open both Lakewood locations a little earlier each day.

Even though the company already opens an hour-and-a-half earlier than the city allows, it needs to get the official OK from Lakewood City Hall.

Representatives from the franchise are expected to request a conditional use permit from the Lakewood Planning Commission to open at 4:30 a.m. — rather than 6 a.m. required under city ordinance. 

“They have to apply for the conditional use to extend their hours to open at 4:30 at both stores,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development.

“Per the code, they are allowed to open at 6 a.m., but the majority of their business is in earlier in the day.”

The planning commission is set to meet Thursday night, to discuss that and other items.

Michael A. Miller February 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I knew someone who lived on Cook Avenue when Lakewood City Center was about to be built, and everyone was complaining about traffic problems before the ground was even broken. I heard the neighbors had a role in preventing the IHOP on Detroit Avenue from being open 24 hours. This seems extreme, though. I guess that's what we can expect from a City that razed a building on Dowd Avenue instead of letting my friend buy it, even though she said she'd make the very specific upgrades the City required.
Tamara Bako February 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I fail to see the benefit to the city to restrict store hours? If you are looking for more revenue to pour into the city coffers it just seems to be counteractive.
Michael A. Miller February 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM
It is counterproductive. And when several businesses are pulling up stakes, all within a tight timeframe, claiming "reasons" that have nothing to do with their relationship with the City, no matter how gracious they try to be about it, it raises questions.
DLSJR February 06, 2013 at 05:15 PM
My buddy now owns a vacant lot on Detroit that Taco Bell was supposed to move to. Besides the city going back on their word and crashing the deal, and cost him a lot of cash in the mean time. They put an ordnance in that Tbell would have to close its drive through at midnight. He even purchased the 2 residential properties behind to be a small buffer from the neighborhood. The city has also suggested that he do something else with his property that the car wash sits on, since it doesn't fit in with their vision of the new Detroit.
Barbara Greene February 06, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I wouldn't want a lot of traffic next to my house at 4:30 a.m. A lot of Lakewood restrictions are what make it a great place to live.


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