Dunkin’ Donuts Debated in Historic Annapolis

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011  |  Updated 4:50 PM EDT
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Dunkin’ Donuts Debated in Historic Annapolis

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A Dunkin' Donuts proposed for the historic district of Annapolis, Md., is getting mixed reviews.

Chain businesses already have a presence in the area, the Capital of Annapolis reported, but some residents said adding Dunkin’ Donuts could tarnish the local feel of the street.

The location at 38 West Street was previously a Thai restaurant. Now it is under contract with Todd Lalumiere, the operator of three Dunkin' Donuts stores. Lalumiere wants to open the store before Christmas and is looking for the city to grant him a special exception to do business in an area with mixed-use zoning.

City planning administrator Jacquelyn Rouse said the staff will recommend the business for approval and notes the store was home to a McDonald's less than a decade ago.

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