Dunkin Donuts plans to double its space in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing, taking over the neighboring space formerly occupied by Taylor Made Sweets.
The plans call for the existing setup – just two small tables and a short counter – to expand to 24 seats plus public restrooms, according to the application on file with the Hamilton Building and Zoning Department. It would expand the coffee shop from about 720 square feet to about 1,515 square feet.
Dunkin Donuts’ plans on Wednesday night – one of four applications on the board’s agenda when it meets at 7 p.m. at .
The Planning Board has already reviewed the plans and given it a positive recommendation. Its letter of reccommendation is attached to the story as a PDF.
Sheila MacDonald owned for three years and planned to sell it earlier this year because it became too much to balance owning the business and working in finance.
“I just couldn’t do both,” she said, noting she had tried to have both responsibilities on her plate from September of last year through May.
The shop’s lease was up on May 31 and she had new owners lined up.
But the plaza owners, Lisco Development, did not OK the new owners, who she did not name.
“(The plaza owners) have final say over the shops,” MacDonald said.
Before MacDonald bought the business, it was called The Sweetest Thing. She changed the name and added sandwiches and soups.
If MacDonald had been able to sell the business, the new owner had planned to keep it largely the same – a bakery that sells other items such as coffee, ice cream, soups and sandwiches.
“She was going to do more with ice cream,” MacDonald said, adding that the new owners would have added crepes.
MacDonald said the business grew during the three years she owned it.
“I did very well for three years,” she said.
It was also a great place for high school students to work, as well as grab something to eat, meet and socialize.
MacDonald said neighboring is “doing beautifully” and she is hoping the plaza continues to thrive, but noted that in her time in the plaza several businesses have closed or moved out, including Helen M, Making Faces, Red Wagon and Scribe.
”There’s been a lot of turnover and that is not a good sign,” she said.
Richard Lappin, president of Lisco Development, said the plaza is doing well.
“We’re very happy with the tenant mix,” he said.