Dunkin’ Donuts in Brookhaven Circle to Open in April

Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins in Brookhaven Circle is shooting for an opening during the first week of April, the group announced in a Monday, March 12 post on Facebook.

Franchisee Akshar Mendenhall Inc. signed a 2,700-square-foot lease at 5150 Poplar Ave. in November. This will be his fifth local store and the sixth store in the Memphis area.

The Canton, Mass.-based international doughnut and coffee retailer will take over the space that formerly housed a KFC. The franchisee has sought an East Memphis store since he purchased the market more than three years ago, said tenant rep Shawn Massey with The Shopping Center Group.

“East Memphis is probably the hardest trade area for any retailer to penetrate due to lack of available properties and the higher expense of securing a site,” Massey said. “This is especially true to restaurants that need a drive through capability such as Dunkin’ Donuts.”

Massey added, Dunkin’ and its Memphis franchisee “are continuing to seek prime opportunities for expansion.”