Dunkin’ Donuts fans can rejoice, the coffee shop chain is slated to open its third San Bernardino County location in Rancho Cucamonga.
But those wondering how soon they can order an iced coffee and munchkins will have to wait until the summer, said Jeffrey A. Shady, franchisee of the Upland shop as well as the future Rancho Cucamonga location.
The permit for a drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard was approved last week by the city’s Planning Commission.
Dunkin’ will build a 6,000 square-foot multi-tenant commercial building on a vacant .95-acre parcel.
The property is on the south side of Foothill Boulevard just east of Rochester Avenue, between the Baker’s Restaurant and Sprint store.
Dunkin’ will occupy 1,900 square-feet and two additional tenant spaces — 1,700 and 2,200 square feet — will be built.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit — to allow the drive-thru — as well as signed off on the design reviews at its meeting Oct. 11.
Dunkin’ Donuts also requested a minor exception from the city, that it reduce the setback from 45 feet to 40.5 feet. The request was made because of a utility easement that would prevent Dunkin’ Donuts from shifting the building any further, said Flavio Nunez, management analyst II for the city’s Planning Department.
The drive-thru lane will enter on the east side of the building, proceed around the north side of the building and the exit on the west side. Dunkin’ Donuts will be on the west end of the multi-tenant building.
This marks the third location in San Bernardino County and second drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts. The first location in the county, in Barstow, opened in 2013 followed by the Upland location in 2015. The latter is also a drive-thru.
In 2013, the chain announced it was returning to Southern California with a plan at that time to open 44 locations.
Nunez said discussions with Dunkin’ Donuts started about three or four years ago.
At that time, the coffee chain had announced plans to expand in Southern California, he noted.
“They had always looked at this area because of the demographics and Foothill was the corridor they always wanted to be,” he said.
The project will create 119 parking spaces, Nunez said.
Now that the commission has approved the application, the project will move into the next phase: review and approval of the construction plans. That process, Nunez said, is expected to take several months.
The chain, Nunez said, is looking to drop donuts from its branding, however, the plans submitted for this location proposes to keep the Dunkin’ Donuts name.
“It’ll have a more cafe style then before,” he said. “It’ll have a more modern look that’s a little more vibrant and colorful.”
Once the plans are approved it will pave the way for construction to begin, he said.
Nunez said city staff have long heard from residents who have asked that Dunkin’ Donuts open up shop in Rancho Cucamonga.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of interest once it opens, it’s in a good location with a lot of eye traffic,” he said.
Editor’s Note: this article has been updated to correct the opening date of the Rancho Cucamonga location.
By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.
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