City to discuss recommendations on Dunkin’ Donuts

Jim's Donuts in Vandalia (WDTN Photo/Micah Riffle).

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — A meeting will be held in Vandalia Monday night to discuss recommendations on plans for building a Dunkin’ Donuts near a locally owned doughnut shop.

Vandalia City Council will meet at 7 p.m. to go over the planning commission’s recommendations.

Dunkin’ Donuts has submitted plans to move in less than 350-feet from long-time city staple Jim’s Donut Shop.

The planning commission voted last week 3 to 2 to recommend the development. The commission, however, doesn’t make the final decision — the city does.

People who live in Vandalia voiced their concerns at a meeting last week. They said they’re upset because they believe the chain would unfairly challenge Jim’s business as well as increase traffic in an already busy area.

“It’s too busy of an area to add something that’s going to add even more traffic,” said resident Kelly Rowlands.

Resident Daniel Staten brought doughnuts from Jim’s Donut Shop to last week’s meeting to help prove his point.

“We get enough noise over there. They pick up the dumpsters at five o’clock in the morning and I’m going to be living right behind this doughnut shop. We don’t need another doughnut shop,” said Staten.

“I personally think that that would be a strain on a long standing Vandalia community loyal business,” said resident Orville Davis.

While the city will be discussing recommendations Monday night, no formal action will be taken until May 16.

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