After almost a year since it closed, the Dunkin Donuts at 3501 Avenue of the Cities in Moline will reopen today, its new owner confirmed Tuesday.

Raj Patel said the store would reopen at 5 a.m. Hours will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. He said the store would employ 20 people.

Patel, of Naperville, Ill., bought the Moline location and another at Five Points in Davenport in November. Patel and his father, Bud Patel, own 20 Dunkin Donuts stores in the western suburbs of Chicago.

The Moline store closed March 17 after a reportedly stolen pickup truck was discovered embedded in the side of the building. Moline police said the truck was reported stolen in Henry County and was backed into the east side of the building. The vehicle was empty when police arrived.

Former franchise owner, Sam Patel, no relation to Bud or Raj Patel, said at the time that the store would be closed temporarily while repairs were completed.

However, the crash occurred amid a legal battle between Sam Patel, who also owned the Dunkin Donuts franchise in Davenport, and Dunkin Donuts corporate office. It involved an alleged breach of contract, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair competition arising from the termination of the franchise agreement involving Sam Patel.

Tuesday, he said both sides reached a resolution of the conflict.

Calls to Dunkin Donuts corporate offices were not returned Tuesday.

Raj Patel said he plans to add another seven or eight stores in the Quad-City area in the next few years, in communities ranging from Clinton, Iowa, to Galesburg, Ill.

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Great news!!! Just in time for the new special "Illinois donut tax" !!! May you live a long, healthy and almost prosperous life!!!

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