Moline Dunkin' Donuts to reopen today

Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 11:02 pm
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By Stephen Elliott,
MOLINE -- After being closed for nearly a year, the Moline Dunkin' Donuts is scheduled to reopen this morning.

The store, at 3501 Avenue of the Cities, lost its franchise license in 2012 and closed in March 2013, after a stolen pickup truck crashed through a window and into the dining area.

Raj Patel, of The Hari Group, is the new franchise owner of the Moline and Davenport stores. He said the Moline store will have 20 employees, and hours will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week.

Mr. Patel said The Hari Group has 20 Dunkin' Donuts in the Chicago area.

The demographics in Moline are favorable for a successful store, he said. "The market shows a dense population and dense traffic counts."

On Tuesday, workers were completing training, and menu boards were getting finishing touches.

According to Rock Island County Recorder's Office records, RBP Development Moline LLC of which Mr. Patel is a member, bought the building in December for $650,000 from TriStar Ventures LLC.

A series of legal issues involving the property and former franchise owners have been in Rock Island Circuit Court and U.S. District Court. The former owner, Sam Patel, no relation to Raj Patel, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. District Court last June.

Raj Patel said the store will offer coffee, tea, doughnuts and other food items.

"There will be a lot of little updates to the store in the coming weeks," he said.


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1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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