BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. // PRNewswire // -- Dunkin' Donuts, the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, will celebrate the grand opening of its first restaurant in Bridgeport, West Virginia on Wednesday, December 30th. The restaurant, located off Interstate 79 at 50 Genisis Blvd at Charlespointe, is housed in the Exxon fueling station owned by Dunkin' Donuts' franchise partner, Joe DeFazio, a prominent member of the local business community. In addition to the Dunkin' Donuts location, Mr. DeFazio has also owned and operated several fueling stations in the Bridgeport area for more than 50 years.
To celebrate the grand opening, free coffee and donuts will be given away at the pumps to help fuel weary last minute shoppers and travelers on December 22 and 23 from 8:00 to 10:00AM. The coffee and donut giveaway at the pumps will resume the morning of "black Saturday," December 26, 8:00 to 10:00AM, to offer a jump-start to the post-holiday gift returns rush.
"We're proud to serve the hard-working people of Bridgeport, and honored to open the first Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in West Virginia," said DeFazio. "Our goal is to provide the ultimate customer service experience and change people's expectations about what is possible at a quick service restaurant."
In addition to providing the people of Bridgeport with a new option for their morning coffee ritual, the new location will also help to stimulate the economy by creating 25 new full and part-time jobs. DeFazio, who plans to open two more Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the market next year, says he chose Dunkin' Donuts because of its new restaurant design, freshly-brewed coffee and high-quality baked products and all-day snacks.
"Despite our name, we offer more than just delicious donuts," says DeFazio. "We hope to become a popular spot for on-the-go customers looking for high quality coffee and baked goods that will be delivered fast, fresh and at an affordable price."
The Bridgeport location will be open 24 hours per day with a new menu that will include dozens of varieties of donuts, baked goods and world-class beverages. Some of the menu items created by Dunkin' Donuts' culinary team include:
Dunkin' Donuts has been serving freshly ground and freshly brewed coffee and bakery items for more than 58 years. The company sells more donuts and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America, and is the number one retailer of hot and iced coffee, selling more than one billion cups of coffee a year in its restaurants throughout the country. For millions of people, enjoying a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee is a daily ritual. Dunkin' Donuts has set the standard for offering a superior grade of coffee, and the company sells more than one billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. In 2007, AOL.com readers cited Dunkin' Donuts as the "Best Overall" coffee. In 2009, for the third consecutive year, Dunkin' Donuts ranked No. 1 in customer loyalty in the coffee category by the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for three years running. The company has more than 8,800 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2008, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $5.5 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
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