Almost a year to the day when Dunkin’ Donuts made a reappearance in the Quad-Cities, a second store is opening in Davenport — and with it comes another dining favorite.
Dunkin’ Donuts opened Dec. 11, 2009, at 3501 Avenue of the Cities in Moline, operated by OHM Food LLC. Sam Patel of Moline, who is owner and operator, will open his second Quad-City store early next week, this one in a small strip mall at Five Points in Davenport.
Five Points is the convergence of Division and Locust streets and Hickory Grove Road.
Unlike the Moline site, the Davenport Dunkin’ Donuts also will sell Baskin Robbins ice cream. Both are owned by the same corporation, Dunkin’ Brands, and often are paired in the same store.
Patel said he anticipates there eventually will be four to five stores in the Quad-City metro area with the remainder in his 11-county market, which spans from Galena to Spring Valley and Galesburg in Illinois and from Burlington to West Branch and Clinton in Iowa.
Patel has operated hotels, gas stations and other quick-service establishments in the area. He currently owns and operates two motels in Geneseo, Ill., and several gas stations in Peoria.
The Quad-City stores offer the franchise’s coffee beverages, baked goods and other all-day items, such as flatbread sandwiches and hash browns. Like the Moline location, Patel said Davenport will have a drive-thru that will operate 24 hours a day.
The Five Points strip mall is owned by local real estate agent John Corelis. He said the Davenport location was set to open before Moline, but working out details took longer than expected.
Patel said the Davenport store would have a soft opening either Monday or Tuesday and “definitely by Wednesday.”
“We are waiting on all the inspectors,” he said.
Last year, a Dunkin’ Brands representative said two Dunkin’ Donuts stores operated for years in Rock Island and Moline. Both closed in 1999.