Bristol Zoning Board approves convenient caffeine fix

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Drivers heading south on Metacom Avenue will soon be able to get their caffeine fix more quickly and conveniently, without even having to cross over traffic.

The Zoning Board of Appeals Monday approved construction of a new Dunkin' Donuts shop at the corner of Metacom Avenue and Franklin Street. The shop, which will be designed as a colonial building, will replace the nondescript, white garage that currently occupies the space.

The new Dunkin' will be located less than a quarter mile from the shop on the northbound side of Metacom Avenue, which is also owned by Joma Realty Company, the same company planning the new shop. But the demand for morning coffee is such that the close proximity is not likely to hurt busyness at either shop, according to Joma President Christopher Prazeres.

"It prevents people from having to cross over Metacom Avenue," Prazeres told the board, noting most customers prefer to make right-hand turns into a business on busy roads. "It's very similar to our Warren locations."

Joma Realty also owns the two Dunkin Donuts on Metacom Avenue in Warren, both of which are also less than a quarter-mile apart. Neither business is negatively affected by the other, Mr. Prazeres said, adding that the two locations have been thriving for 19 and 13 years.

The 4,000 square-foot building will have a colonial design, with a gabled roof and a portico over the front door. Half the building will be used for the Dunkin' Donuts, with the other reserved for a potential future business. The lot, currently devoid of landscaping, will be improved with tree and shrub plantings to improve its look and serve as a buffer to neighbors.

In other business Monday, the Zoning Board approved a single-story living room and garage addition to a home at 80 Beach Road, and a single-story, 20-by-26-foot family room addition to the home at 1 Carol Ave.

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