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The former KFC on N. Glebe Road in Buckingham has a new tenant: coffee and doughnut shop Dunkin’ Donuts.

KFC closed last year for what was described at the time as “maintenance,” but the new occupier has now opened its doors.

Dunkin’ Donuts serves a variety of doughnuts and coffee, as well as other offerings like teas, sandwiches and soft drinks.

This location, the 10th in the county, has space for 29 seats inside and a drive-through option. No major alterations appear to have been made to the exterior of the building.

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Pete's New Haven Apizza in Clarendon

Pete’s New Haven Apizza is preparing to downsize its space in Clarendon, and Dunkin’ Donuts is considering filling it.

Multiple sources tell ARLnow.com that Dunkin’ reps have taken a close look at the space at the corner of Clarendon Blvd and N. Garfield Street. A leasing chart for the building, however, still lists the space as unfilled.

There are existing Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Ballston and Courthouse but not in Clarendon.

Permits have been issued to alter the existing Pete’s dining room and kitchen, reducing the overall size of the restaurant. Co-owner Joel Mehr says the pizzeria remain open during the process.

“We plan to stay open during construction,” he said. “We may have to close for a lunch here and there.”

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A Dunkin’ Donuts location appears to be coming to the now-empty building at 70 N. Glebe Road that used to house a KFC.

Building permits for the construction work were approved last month, county records show. The KFC closed just over a year ago, initially claiming that it was “closed due to maintenance” and would “re-open shortly.”

The property on which the stand-alone restaurant building sits is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, which is based nearby at 200 N. Glebe Road. The property includes eight parking spaces and a drive-thru window.

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Chick-fil-A Coffee (photo via Facebook)Customers at Chick-Fil-A’s two Arlington locations — in Ballston Common Mall and at 2200 Crystal Drive in Crystal City — can get a free coffee this week along with their chicken and waffle fries.

The fast food chain is offering its customers either a free small hot coffee or a medium iced coffee with their meal to promote its “new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers Coffee,” and for International Coffee Day today (Monday).

Other establishments around the area are participating in giveaways for the “holiday,” with McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts both offering free coffee today (McDonald’s is giving away a small and Dunkin Donuts a medium). Peet’s Coffee’s new Shirlington location (4115 Campbell Ave.) is also offering a buy one, get one free deal for a coffee or espresso drink.

Chick-Fil-A’s weeklong promotion goes until Saturday, Oct. 4, and is intended to raise awareness for their “farmer-direct” coffee, which is bought from farms in Central America. The company says its coffee farmers are paid directly, up to 10 times more than farmers are paid via standard trade models.

Photo via Facebook

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The new Dunkin’ Donuts in Ballston, at the corner of N. Stuart and 9th Streets, is now open for business.

The small donut shop replaced the former Quizno’s in the corner of the National Science Foundation building at 4201 Wilson Blvd. Dunkin’ Donuts signed its lease for the 1,000-square-foot space in April.

The location — Arlington’s sixth, not including locations in the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport — opened yesterday. It doesn’t have any seating inside, but has a small handful of outside tables.

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A Dunkin’ Donuts location appears on its way to Ballston in the former Quiznos storefront in the National Science Foundation building.

The storefront, at 4201 Wilson Blvd — but located at the corner of N. Stuart and 9th Streets — is covered in brown paper but a sign on the window states Dunkin’ Donuts applied for a building permit on April 3.

Steve Roggie, the building’s property manager for Gates Hudson, confirmed to ARLnow.com that Dunkin’ Donuts has already signed the lease for the space. He said he doesn’t have an estimate for when the 1,000-square-foot space will open, but he said the franchise owner is “a really good operator of Dunkin Donuts. They’re very excited to be here, and they want to get in there as soon as possible.”

The location would be the sixth Dunkin’ Donuts in Arlington, not counting its storefronts in the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport.

Hat tip to Bill Colton

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Break-in at Dunkin' Donuts in Courthouse Break-in at Dunkin' Donuts in Courthouse

Two Arlington Dunkin’ Donuts stores were broken into overnight.

The Courthouse and Cherrydale Dunkin’ Donuts locations, on the 2200 block of Wilson Blvd and the 3500 block of Lee Highway, were closed this morning while police investigated the crime.

According to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, two suspects forced entry to the restaurants via the front door, then broke into the cash register and took cash. The store safe was tampered with, but was not opened, Sternbeck said.

Police are currently reviewing surveillance footage as part of the investigation.

Hat tip to Bill Everingham

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New Dunkin' Donuts store in CourthouseJust a month after interior construction started, a new Dunkin’ Donuts store has opened at 2201 Wilson Blvd in Courthouse.

The new Dunkin’ location is offering free medium hot or iced coffee this week to celebrate its grand opening.

The store is open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, we’re told.

Dunkin’ Donuts replaces a former Quiznos restaurant in the Wilson Blvd storefront.

Photo by Stephanie Todd

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A new Dunkin’ Donuts store is coming to Courthouse.

The store will be opening at 2201 Wilson Blvd, in a space formerly occupied by a Quiznos restaurant. A construction crew was hard at work on the store’s interior today.

No official word yet on when Dunkin’ Donuts might be opening in Courthouse, but we hear they’re hoping to finish the build-out next month. A sign in the window says the store is currently hiring crew and managers.’

The store is located across the street from a Corner Bakery location and two blocks away from Brooklyn Bagel.

Hat tip to Starlync

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Dunkin’ Donuts wants to expand in Arlington and several other D.C.-area counties, and is looking to recruit franchise owners to help with that expansion.

Next week Dunkin’ Donuts will hold an information session in Tysons Corner to discuss franchise opportunities with interested local entrepreneurs. Among the localities where the company wants to expand are Arlington, Fairfax, Charles and Prince George’s counties.

Arlington is home to four Dunkin’ Donuts stores, excluding location in National Airport. Current locations include Crystal City, Pentagon City, Columbia Pike and Lee Highway — so far, none in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

In a statement, Dunkin’ Donuts said it is looking to drive local expansion by recruiting quality franchise owners.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team to help expand the brand’s footprint in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas,” a company executive said.

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Sunset near the U.S. Air Force Memorial (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A gorgeous end to the workweek today is expected to give way to clouds tomorrow and rain on Sunday.

Nonetheless, high temperatures in the lower 80s to mid 70s should make much of the weekend perfectly pleasant.

Next week is a County Board week, likely with plenty to report. This week, as well, was busy despite the holiday. Below are the most-read local stories of the past five days.

  1. Police conducting apparent death investigation in Ballston
  2. Maryland man arrested in case of woman pushed out of SUV
  3. Wakefield junior dies after SUV vs. scooter crash in Alexandria
  4. Chicago-based Veo is bringing 400 e-bikes to Arlington
  5. Driver swerves over embankment at Dunkin’ drive-thru
  6. Construction starting next week on upgraded I-395 and Boundary Channel Drive interchange
  7. More Honda airbag thefts and a bizarre brandishing along the Pike
  8. Candidates square off on Missing Middle, safe schools and gun control
  9. Police: Woman threatened store employee in Courthouse with knife
  10. Pickup truck smashes through decorative Memorial Bridge stone railing

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend, Arlington!

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