TK and Sons Inc. developers’ Tushar Patel has received a permit from the city for construction of a new Dunkin’ Donuts-gas station combination at 12 Shorter Ave., across from the American Legion Post 5.
The plot sits between a BP convenience store and Mathis Builders Hardware. The building permit indicates the value of the 1,415-square-foot project is $539,000.
Charles Campbell Construction of Dalton has been retained as the general contractor for the development. Plans filed with the Rome-Floyd Building Inspection office indicates the shop will have seating for 18 guests and have space for approximately four employees per shift.
Minesh Desai, who operates the BP convenience store on the lot now, will also operate the new Dunkin’ Donut franchise. The convenience store will be demolished.
“Once that building is up, while it’s in the inside furnishing stage, we’ll be taking this existing building off. That’s tentatively the first week of September,” Desai said. “We’ll be operating in a mobile office on the corner of the lot for about 60 days for non-fuel sales, sell some lottery and essential stuff like tobacco.”
Desai, who has operated the convenience store for about seven years, said that if everything moves on schedule the new Dunkin’ Donuts would open about the first of November.
Patel said the new facility will be a state-of-the-art store complete with seven fuel pumps. It will continue to offer BP fuel.
Rome last had a Dunkin’ Donuts at 905 Shorter Ave. in the early 1980s across from West Rome Baptist Church.