Coffee And Donuts = Jobs In The East

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Their slogan is "America Runs On Dunkin" and it appears that Eastern Carolina's economy may be running on Dunkin Donuts too.

The New England based donut and coffee shop plans to open 12 stores in Eastern Carolina and create nearly 400 jobs.

Donut dunkers and coffee drinkers packed the newest location in east today along Neuse Boulevard in New Bern.

Officials say the location will employ more than 30 people.

The job creation adds to the more than 30 workers already employed at the highway 70 location which opened last summer.

Officials say local contractors were used in both New Bern projects. A location in Morehead City is next on the list.

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  • by Chris Location: New Bern on Mar 8, 2009 at 01:27 AM
    To: 'Anonymous' that said: This is one of the most harmful foods that you can put into your body. It will employ others, as in doctors and pharmacies. "Junk food" There are enough selections at Dunkin that even one with a heart condition can enjoy! Reduced fat muffins, Bagels, even plain! The coffee (black) is delightful never bitter always smooth. Yes even for vegans and diabetics we too can enjoy Dunkin Donuts!
  • by Lou Location: New Bern on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Dunkin Donuts taste much better than Krispy Kremes which are full of sugar and air. Donuts need to have have a cake consistency for dunkin in your coffee
  • by DC Location: NC on Feb 17, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    Just somewhere else for the cops to hang out at.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    This is a win-win situation for Eastern North Carolina. The bad part is that Williamston I expect will end up way too tiny of a town to support a Dunkin Donuts, and we would have to got to Greenville, or Washington, if they get one. I was in complete shock when the new Walmart Supercenter came out in Williamston. That is something that I never would have expected. Now we have people not only coming from Plymouth but the Bertie people are now coming to Williamston instead of Ahoskie. The Walmart is the only possible way that DD will ever reach the Martin County economy, maybe.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    Homesick; I am perfectly fine with Dunkin Donuts building more stores. I just don't think it is anything to celebrate. Thousands have lost their jobs in the last 8 months and to a parent who has a mortgage, and a family....this job will not even come close to helping someone like this keep their home and all that it entails. To some high school kid or retired person, this may be good news, but this in no way addresses the jobless situation in eastern NC or anywhere else. I don't see anyone with a mortgage running down to sign up to pour coffee and box up donuts to save their house. 100k per year? This won't pay 16k per year. Most of those folks work less than 40 hours per week. Anyway, I don't see any point in debating this. It is a low paying dead end job, and isn't going to excite anyone that needs a real job. I am not berating you for your opinion, I am just a realist as opposed to an optimist.
  • by homesick Location: houston on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    Vbush I agree they will not make tons of money, and it would be nice if everyone could come into the work force making at least $100,000 a year, but that just isnt realistic. The truth is you do need the minimum wage jobs. They are perfect for students, retirees, people with no job skills or experience,etc. Like reality said, any job is better than no job for someone who really wants to work. Plus putting people to work will put more money into the tax pools and encourage people to shop which again gets money flowing in our economy. We need that any way we can get it. At least Dunkin Donuts is willing to invest in NC. A lot of companies have abandoned the state and left them high and dry. But maybe this is just my cup of really good Dunkin Donuts coffee talking.
  • by finally Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    To Anonymous, You know, one doesn't have to get a donut. A alternative for a coffee is a welcome choice. I don't think a donut can be anymore harmful than some of the other fast food choices available in Eastern NC. Quite honestly, I don't believe the Dunkin Donut staff will be out on the street dragging folks in by the collar and force feeding them.
  • by reality Location: Washington Co on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:06 AM
    sorry folks but any job is better than no job at all! and yes donuts may be unhealthy when consumed in mass but people have free will...God gave it to us to use wisely! So if you can't control your eating fast food... you only have yourself to blame. now how do we get one of those Dunkin Donuts in our town? we are located on the road to Nags Head Kitty Hawk, we get plenty of beach traffic to support it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    This is one of the most harmful foods that you can put into your body. It will employ others, as in doctors and pharmacies. "Junk food"
  • by anonymous on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    I certainly hope Dunkin' will get to stay in biz in NC this time around...I remember they were here some years back but had to leave; I guess they couldn't hold their own against Krispy Kreme, etc. Dunkin Donuts are indeed better they have more choices of glazed donuts and heck though I'm not normally a coffee drinker they must have some good brew, seeing you can get it ground up at the grocery store.
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