EdItor's Note: Photos of what the interior of the New Dunkin Donuts will look like were added on April 28, at 11:28 p.m.
WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange is in for a “sweet treat” with the soon-to-be addition of a new and upscale Dunkin Donuts that is slated to open by the end of 2015. The establishment, owned by Adam Goldman, of West Orange, will offer cozy couches, club chairs and a fireplace for locals to relax in and enjoy—as well as the traditional donuts, standard fare, coffee and a drive-through window. It will be housed in a brand new building at the location most recently held by Julio’s restaurant, which is next to McDonalds and across the street from Codey Arena. In addition, the retail multi-store building will offer retail space for at least one other retail business.
On Friday, many people came out to commemorate the commencement of demolition to the existing structure and talk about the new building and Dunkin Donuts including the Naum Vaynerman of Livingston, whose electrical construction company Falcon Associates, owns the building; Antonio Alessi, also of Livingston; Goldman; Mayor Robert Parisi, Councilman Victor Cirilo, Councilwoman Susan McCartney; and Stryker realtor Judy Shulman, formerly of Livingston, who helped Vaynerman secure Goldman as a tenant.
“I was driving by here for so many years, and I always liked this area, but it was empty,” said Vaynerman. “So, when I saw that this area was for sale, I was excited to buy it—although that took a long time to happen.”
He added, “I really like this location a lot, and think it is a great place. It will be a really nice-looking building and an added value for residents.”
Alessi, also of Livingston, whose company Alessi Construction Company is working on the property, agreed and said, “This will be a very nice building.”
McCartney said she was very excited about the project. “Sitting on the planning board, it is one thing when you actually approve a project on paper, but when you see it [Julio’s] coming down, and know what to expect next with the new construction and new design—it’s just visually exciting. I am so happy to see this new construction happening here in town.”
“Adam has been a wonderful business owner in this community, in addition to being a resident here in West Orange,” said Parisi. “We are thrilled that he’s making another investment in our community, and we are also very excited to see this building coming into this site. This is a great site on a great road.”
He added, “The site has had difficulty over the years sustaining a business, so we’re thrilled that this new structure is going to be here and I think it is going to be a great use of the site.”
“While any economic development is good for the town, the best part is that Adam is a West Orange resident investing in West Orange,” said Cirilo. “I am looking forward to seeing a lot more initiatives and investments into the community like this one.”
Shulman said, “We are very excited about this new project coming into this neighborhood. It will be a revitalization project that will not only beautify the neighborhood, but it will be of service to people commuting, and the general population with Dunkin Donuts and other tenants.”
“Having lived in this town for 20 years, and seeing this space, which has been sitting here for vacant for six years, go through many changes, it is exciting to finally see it being revitalized and I am happy that I can be part of it,” said Goldman. “I am really excited to be bringing one of our Dunkin Donuts stores here—it will be our premier location, as it will be an extremely upscale Dunkin Donuts, with couches, club chairs, and a fire place. It will be a place for people to come and relax, visit and enjoy the location as a whole. We are very excited about having it come to fruition in the fourth quarter of 2015.”
Goldman, who currently owns two Dunkin Donuts located in town, with one located in the strip mall on the other side of McDonalds that will be moving to become the upscale facility mentioned above, and the other on Valley Rd., added, “This is my third major construction job that I have had with the town and West Orange could not be easier to work with. Right from the planning stages to the mayor to the construction department—they are very business friendly in town, which makes it very easy for us to come here and build.”