The item on the agenda at the Dec. 20 Board of Selectmen's meeting caught a few folks off guard.
A new Dunkin' Donuts? Really?
Yes. A common victualler license was granted to a franchisee opening a Dunkin' Dunkin' Donuts, complete with drive-thru window, at the Petroil gas station/mini-mart at 1992 Main St.
It's the 9th Dunkin' Donuts location in Tewksbury, a town of less than 30,000 people.
If the address sounds sort of familiar, it should. There is an __
Of course, these two are not the Dunkin' Donuts locations closest to each other in Tewksbury. That honor would go to the __. and __ -- right across the street from each other.
The motivation for placing franchises that close to each other seems to be ease for drivers. Commuters find it difficult (and are often unwilling) to try to take a left turn in heavy traffic just to get a cup o' joe in the morning. Therefore, franchise locations on opposite sides of the street find they are not necessarily competing for the same customers.
The only problem with the new "DD" is its proximity to the most dangerous intersection in Tewksbury - Main and Shawsheen.