EAST MANATEE -- A new Dunkin' Donuts is planned for 2955 53rd Ave. E., putting hot coffee and sweet pastry within easy reach of area neighborhoods, plus thousands of stressed drivers on the six-lane highway.
It will be the fourth Manatee County Dunkin' Donuts for Tampa-based franchise owner Velocity Brands. The others are at 5601 Manatee Ave. W., 5235 14th St. W. and 612 10th St. E., Palmetto.
The company plans to open the site later this year, said Mark Foster, licensed real state manager based at Lakewood Ranch.
The company requested final site plan approval from Manatee County for a 2,360-square-foot Dunkin' Donuts with a drive-through, along with two 1,800-square-foot retail spaces, said Miles Gentry, principal planner for Manatee County.
The new Dunkin' would be on the east side of 30th Street East just across from the Super Walmart.
Site selection pluses include heavy traffic, a traffic control light at the intersection and the nearby Walmart, Foster said. The wooded site is bounded on the east by a car wash, a bank and a ministorage facility.
No tenants have been announced for the two open retail spaces.
"We have a couple of prospects that are looking pretty strong," Foster said.
When Velocity Brand's Manatee Avenue site opened in January, Steve Galloway, president of Velocity Brands, said his company viewed Starbucks and McDonald's "as core competition." The nearest McDonald's is just a few blocks away.
Project architect is Parker Walter Group Inc. of Sarasota. Raj Mathur Construction and Engineering of Bradenton is listed as general contractor and construction manager.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter: @jajones1.